Building a just transition in asia-pacific: Four strategies for reducing fossil fuel dependence and investing in clean energy

Darren McCauley*, Kerry Pettigrew

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Abstract

The Asia Pacific region is notable for its vulnerability to climate change, its varied ability to respond to its impacts, and its dependence on coal. However, recent years have seen an increase in the use of renewable energy sources. We focus on the ‘just energy transition’, a framework which emphasizes the necessity for social justice in a low carbon world. But how well are Asia Pacific states performing in matters of justice and energy transition? We outline four components of a just transition initiative to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and increase investments in clean energy, based on open-access quantitative data. These include increasing investments in clean energy, prioritizing equity in decision-making, developing comprehensive financing strategies, and prioritizing restorative justice approaches. The aim is to ensure affected communities are fairly compensated for losses, have access to employment rights programs, and can transition towards new jobs in alternative sectors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number113808
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume183
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes

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