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Commentary: Powering Past Coal Alliance must ensure just transition from coal to clean power

Author: Sharan Burrow & Mary Robinson, The B Team, Published on: 16 November 2017

"Power past coal is right move, but we can't do it withou a just transition", 17 Nov 2017

...[A]t the UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany...more than 25 countries, states and regions, led by the United Kingdom and Canada and including Fiji, Mexico, the Marshall Islands, France, Costa Rica, New Zealand, Quebec, Oregon and Alberta, announced their participation in the Powering Past Coal Alliance and their declaration to accelerating growth through a rapid transition from coal power to clean power. 

The Powering Past Coal Alliance declared that a transition away from coal is necessary if the world is to deliver the Paris Agreement. It is also critical for climate justice and the protection of human rights...

As B Team Leaders, we urge that the Powering Past Coal Alliance ensure that their work and statements about it include this “just transition,” as enshrined in the preamble of the Paris Agreement and by the International Labour Organisation. The fact that the declaration does not include just transition is in our view a major omission… 

...Governments...should commit to...a just transition of the workforce, that protects human rights and takes steps to revitalize affected communities. Businesses and other partners should commit to powering their operations without coal and to collaborating with unions to achieve to a just transition for workers and communities that spurs new, decent and low-emissions jobs...[refers to Unilever]

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Related companies: Unilever