A Just Transition for Essential Workers? Workers and Climate Policy at and after COP 26

Transnational Legal Theory

22 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2023

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Natalie Jones

Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, University of Cambridge

Date Written: March 15, 2023

Abstract

It is timely to investigate how essential workers may be incorporated into existing understandings of just transition, and whether and how such workers have been addressed in discussions on just transition under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). In so doing, one might better understand the relationship of essential workers to the achievement of the Paris goals, and assess entry points for making such connections explicit. Three approaches to the concept of just transition, drawn from a study conducted by Dimitris Stevis and Romain Felli, provide a useful reference point for how the concept of a just transition is understood by different actors. This paper extends the framework to consider how, under each of the three orientations, essential workers may be relevant to a just transition. The paper then applies the framework to the corpus of decisions, reports, declarations, and submissions that make up the written record of discussions on just transition taking place under the UNFCCC.

Keywords: just transition, UNFCCC, essential workers, work

Suggested Citation

Jones, Natalie, A Just Transition for Essential Workers? Workers and Climate Policy at and after COP 26 (March 15, 2023). Transnational Legal Theory, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4389526

Natalie Jones (Contact Author)

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