United Nations Development Program and WWF launch the Alliance for a Just Energy Transformation

Sharm el-Sheikh – The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) joined forces today at COP27 to launch the Alliance for a Just Energy Transformation (AJET).

AJET is a voluntary initiative that aims to mobilize stakeholders, including communities, civil society, policy makers and the private sector, to support the successful implementation of just energy transition policies around the world.

This involves understanding the needs of those currently engaged in fossil fuel supply chains and services as they transition to renewable energy alternatives. These local transitions will together form a global transformation, with common principles to ensure success, including climate justice, international cooperation, equitable social and economic policies, community and environmental resilience, and access to finance.

Despite the solid foundation offered by the existing International Labor Organization guidelines on the just transition, there remains a need to clarify the just energy transition in detail and facilitate greater uptake and coordination of activities between the organizations involved. This alliance will allow members to exchange knowledge and related experiences and form valuable partnerships to help achieve this transformation and support global efforts to limit the temperature rise to 1.5°C.

“I am very pleased to join partners in launching the Alliance for a Just Energy Transformation,” said Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator. “All spheres of society must work together to build the sustainable and equitable energy systems of the future – systems that will benefit every individual, every community, every country and the ecosystems that support all life on Earth. This alliance will contribute to this global movement by bringing together a wide range of partners to continue to define what a just energy transformation must entail, and help drive the implementation of the policies that will make it happen.

“To address the climate crisis, it is essential to rapidly accelerate the energy transition and ensure that this change is inclusive, credible, affordable and secure,” added the global head of climate and energy of the WWF, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. “There are great opportunities for growth and jobs through clean energy, and those currently involved in fossil fuel industries must be given the opportunity to transfer their skills to the new energy economy. We hope that AJET will help achieve a just energy transformation that benefits our climate, our people and nature.

KPMG, REN21, the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), the International Trade Union Congress (ITUC) and the investment company Gridworks are among the first organizations to join AJET. This is now open to all partners who view the Principles of the Alliance as a valid starting point to ensure rapid, just and transformative energy change for people around the world.

“The Alliance for a Just Energy Transformation will help accelerate global net zero goals while prioritizing a broader social agenda that recognizes the imperatives of climate justice, equity and just transition,” said Mike Hayes. , Global Head of Climate Change and Decarbonization and Global Head of Renewable Energy. for KPMG International. “As a founding member of the alliance, KPMG professionals will help provide a platform for developing and emerging countries to engage in critical conversations leading to the implementation of just energy, create detailed reports for define, identify and track key indicators of a just energy transformation and develop toolkits and guidelines to ensure sustainable economic activities, energy planning at regional and national levels and educational plans for the empowerment of the workforce -work.

“AJET is not only about ensuring a just transition, but also about recognizing that an energy system based on renewable energy is a just energy system replacing the traditional system based on fossil fuels, which is far from fair”, added Rana Adib, Executive Director, REN21.

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About the UNDP Sustainable Energy Center: The UNDP Sustainable Energy Hub is a network of partners working alongside countries to transform energy systems through an integrated program focused on the policy, technological and financial changes that shape sustainable economic development. We help countries build zero-energy, people-centric societies guided by a just and sustainable energy transition. Our core principle is to support energy for development, including mobilizing partners to enable an additional 500 million people to have access to sustainable, reliable and affordable energy by 2025, leaving no one behind. For more information: www.undp.org/energy

About WWF: WWF is an independent conservation organization, with more than 30 million supporters and a global network active in more than 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to halt the degradation of the Earth’s natural environment and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources are sustainable and promote the reduction of pollution. and unnecessary consumption. Visit panda.org/climateenergy to learn more about our work and follow us on Twitter @climatewwf

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