Tuesday, 22 March 2022

At the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, the EU, UK, US, France and Germany announced a ground-breaking Just Energy Transition Partnership with South Africa. Aiming to mobilise $8.5bn, the partnership demonstrates the power of global cooperation to boost the transition to low-carbon economies.  

In collaboration with Wuppertal Institute, Climate Strategies hosted an interactive online workshop to explore the role of cooperation in advancing the just transformation of coal regions and facilitate networking amongst relevant stakeholders.

The workshop explored the challenges and opportunities of a just transition worldwide. Decision-makers and experts from around the globe shared their experiences of working together to advance the just transformation of coal regions.

In addition, the event showcased the newly developed Just Transition Toolbox for Coal Regions as a practical tool to design different features and stages of a well-planned regional coal transition.


Time (GMT)TopicSpeaker
13:00 – 13:05Welcome and introductionAndrzej Błachowicz, Climate Strategies
Session 1: Global co-operation and the just transition
13:05 – 14:08Panel discussion
  • South Africa and Germany, Lessons from the South African Just Energy Transition Partnership
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Colombia
  • Mexico
Moderated by: Megan Rowling, Climate correspondent and editor with the Thomson Reuters Foundation

  • Stuart Mangold, Director, Africa and Bilateral Relations, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
  • Annegret al-Janabi, Senior Policy Officer, Unit for Climate, Finance German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development
  • Dudu Sibiya, Manager, Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Land and Environmental Affairs Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Fabby Tumiwa, Executive Director, Institute for Essential Services Reform, Indonesia
  • Srestha Banerjee, Director, India Just Transition Centre
  • Alex Saer, Director of Climate Change and Risk Management and Jonathan Sanchez Rippe, Coordinator of Colombian Low Carbon Development Strategy, Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, Colombia
  • Ana Tamborrel, Just Transition Manager, Iniciativa Climática de México

14:08 – 15:00Session 2: How do you develop and implement a regional strategy for just transition
Introduction to the toolkitTimon Wehnert, Wuppertal Institute
Introduction to the interactive sessionJulie-Anne Hogbin, Climate Strategies
Individual reflection 
Discussion in pairs
Discussions in groups of 6-8
Plenary: Report back
Further exchanges among global coal regions. Wrap-up and close

This event has been organised with the financial support of the European Union’s Partnership Instrument and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in the context of the International Climate Initiative (IKI). The opinions expressed are the sole responsibility of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the funders.