26 January 2023
Just Transition is the term used to describe the transition to a climate-neutral economy while securing the future and livelihoods of workers and their communities.Read more
Just Transition is the term used to describe the transition to a climate-neutral economy while securing the future and livelihoods of workers and their communities. A Just Transition to a climate-neutral economy provides and guarantees better and decent jobs, social protection, more training opportunities and greater job security for all workers affected by global warming and climate change policies.Read less
A Just Transition at European level focuses on two core issues for transition, moving towards a green and digital Europe where no one will be left behind.Read more
A Just Transition at European level focuses on two core issues for transition, moving towards a green and digital Europe where no one will be left behind.
As a committed party to the Paris Climate Agreement, the EU submitted its long-term low greenhouse gas emission development strategy to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in March 2020. It sets out the extent of the transition across sectors and regions and lays the ground for designing a just transition.
- European Commission: 2050 long-term strategy
Green and digital transition
At the heart of the EU’s long-term strategy is the European Green Deal, which is one of six European Commission priorities for 2019–2024. It will contribute to the financing of the transition that Europe faces through its Just Transition Mechanism.
Responding to the way digital technology is changing our lives, another Commission priority is to create a Europe fit for the digital age, leading the transition to a healthy planet and a new digital world through its European Digital Strategy.
Strong social Europe for just transitions
In January 2020, the European Commission presented its Communication ‘A strong social Europe for just transitions’. This vision to reinforce social Europe prepares the way for an Action Plan to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, which is the European social strategy to make sure that the ‘transitions of climate neutrality, digitalisation and demographic change are socially fair and just’.Read less
Eurofound's research is shaped by the key challenges for social cohesion and a just transition in a changing environment. It covers the areas of working conditions, industrial relations, employment and living conditions, providing evidence that can assist policy action.Read more
Eurofound's research is shaped by the key challenges for social cohesion and a just transition in a changing environment. It covers the areas of working conditions, industrial relations, employment and living conditions, providing evidence that can assist policy action. Main topics linked with the move towards a just transition include working conditions and sustainable work, employment and labour markets, digitalisation , the future of manufacturing, people’s living conditions and well-being, restructuring, skills and training, youth, as well as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, among others. Research findings could potentially feed into the work of the Just Transition Platform, which assists EU Member States and regions to unlock the support available through the Just Transition Mechanism.
Eurofound will also collaborate with the European Environment Agency (EEA) on this topic. The EEA’s post-corona planet web hub offers access to the different initiatives, policies and research projects that link COVID-19 to the environment and climate change.Read less
Publications & dataTop
The sections below provide access to a range of publications, data and ongoing work on this topic.
- Publications tab (23)
- Ongoing work tab (3)
Ongoing work tab
Other ongoing projects:
- Backward looking – Convergence in environmental dimensions
- Forward looking – Socioeconomic impact of the transition to a low carbon economy
- Impact of the transition to a carbon neutral economy on employment and its effect on overall job quality