A just transition: supporting the shift to environmental sustainability

April 26, 2022
Global
Sustainability

To maintain economic growth in a more sustainable world, countries will have to develop their environmentally-friendly industries – supporting sectors such as renewable power generation, electric vehicle manufacturing and domestic insulation. But this is only half of the task: it’s just as important to assist traditional industries – and, crucially, their workforces and communities – to transition into a low-carbon future.

When governments neglect this work, they can face a potent alliance of legacy industry companies, specialist workforces and local communities – all of them fearful that environmental policies will destroy their incomes. So governments must protect citizens and businesses through the shift to a sustainable economy, developing and implementing a range of dedicated policies and services.

Sometimes, this work involves promoting the technologies required to decarbonise traditional industries – capturing and sequestering carbon emissions, for example. Sometimes it means ensuring that unviable, carbon-intensive activities are replaced by new businesses, averting deindustralisation. Sometimes it requires new education and training programmes, reskilling the workforce; sometimes infrastructure investments to attract specialist investors. Sometimes it’s all of these at once – but there’s always one goal: to minimise the number who lose out as economies are decarbonised.

At this Global Government Forum webinar, a panel of experts from inside and outside government will explore the issues around managing a ‘just transition’ – sketching out the policies, services and resources that can help make decarbonisation not only environmentally, but also socially and politically sustainable.

Public servants can register here for free to attend this webinar

Time

USA/Canada Eastern Time (EST): 09:30 – 10:45
British Summer Time (BST): 14:30 – 15:45
Central European Summer Time (CEST): 15:30 – 16:45
Eastern European Summer Time (EEST): 16:30 – 17:45
Singapore Time (SGT): 21:30 – 22:45
Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST): 23:30 – 00:45

Panel

Webinar chair: Siobhan Benita, former UK senior civil servant

Siobhan Benita was a senior civil servant with over 15 years’ Whitehall experience. She worked in many of the major delivery departments, including Transport, Environment, Health and Local Government. She also had senior roles at the heart of Government in the Cabinet Office and HM Treasury, including supporting the then Cabinet Secretary, Lord O’Donnell to lead work on Civil Service reform and strategy. Siobhan left the Civil Service to run as an independent candidate in the Mayor of London election. She subsequently joined her alma mater, Warwick University as Chief Strategy Officer of Warwick in London and Co-Director of the Warwick Policy Lab.