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Just Transitions: India’s Path Forward

This podcast explores how decisionmakers can ensure that the accelerating transition in India is a just and equitable one.

As the energy transition in India accelerates, how do decisionmakers ensure that the transition is a just and equitable transition? Neha Sharma, Ajay Mathur, Srestha Banerjee, and Mike Ward look at the underlying drivers of India’s energy transitions, and key considerations for creating a just transition, including the need for fairness and equity, geographic disparities, lack of social mobility, labor policy, and energy access.

Participants

  • Neha Sharma: Evaluation and Learning Specialist, Climate Investment Funds; core member of the Just Transitions Initiative
  • Ajay Mathur: Director General–designate, International Solar Alliance; former Director General, Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India
  • Srestha Banerjee: Program Head for Climate Justice and Natural Resource Management, iForest
  • Mike Ward: Senior Sustainability Specialist, Climate Investment Funds
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Supporting Just Transitions in South Africa: A Case Study

This case study explores key dimensions of just transitions and draws lessons from the Climate Investment Funds (CIF)’s contributions to the energy transition, the expansion of renewable energy, and the implications for workers and communities in South Africa.

Detail

This case study explores key dimensions of just transition in South Africa, which has a long engagement with the concept and was one of the first countries to include an explicit reference to just transitions in its Nationally Determined Contribution. The case study reflects on the contributions of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), through its partner multilateral development banks, to the energy transition in South Africa.

The document uses the just transitions framework developed by the CIF and the Center for Strategic and International Studies to explore issues of social inclusion and distributional justice in South Africa’s energy transition. It provides a broader review of South Africa’s energy transition implications for national planning, and discusses social inclusion, financing, Covid-19 recovery programs, skills development and geographic disparities.