Climate change and development A just transition: towards low-carbon economies and lifestyles
As industrialised nations, we must assist the countries of the ‘Global South’, which are impacted most severely by climate change, to develop in an eco- and climate-friendly manner (…). My guiding principle is the 'just transition' as part of a global structural policy.
The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) supports its partner countries by encouraging them to think about climate change, sustainable economic development and social progress as interlinked topics. The aim of the just transition is to compensate, as far as possible, for social disadvantages that are caused or amplified by changing economic structures.
For example, large numbers of jobs will be lost as a result of the exit from fossil fuel power generation. Workers will then need access to reskilling and new employment opportunities in other sectors. At the same time, this structural change has the potential to create new jobs, for example in the renewable energy industry.
What the BMZ is doing
The BMZ is committed, in particular, to
- expanding the use of clean and safe forms of energy;
- creating decent and sustainable jobs and establishing well-performing social security systems;
- progressing socially and environmentally sustainable economic restructuring (including the financial sector);
- conserving biodiversity and vital natural resources;
- supporting low-income countries’ efforts to adapt to climate change and mitigate climate-related loss and damage;
- transforming cities into low-carbon, high-quality living spaces.
All groups within society must be involved in this radical transformation. For the just transition to be successful, there must be a willingness to reform, invest and engage in an open-ended dialogue with business and civil society, as well as better intergovernmental communication.
As at: 12/10/2022