A just transition for all: Key tools for a fast & fair shift to renewable energy in Latin America
It is essential that the energy transition is just, rights-respecting and leaves no one behind.Fernanda Hopenhaym, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Latin America, a region rich in resources for clean energy, will play a crucial role in the transition to a net-zero carbon economy. Increased demand for the transition minerals required for renewable technologies – which Latin America has in large supply – as well as the growth of renewable energy projects in the region present both economic opportunities and human rights challenges. This is despite increasing evidence that in order for the global energy transition to be fast, it must also be fair.
Civil society and grassroots organisations are critical stakeholders in bringing about structural change at both state and corporate levels to ensure a just energy transition. Evidence shows that such a transition is possible, and particularly where the voices and expertise of frontline communities, defenders and workers are prioritised in the drive to ensure better corporate practice across the renewable energy value chain.
This guide aims to provide civil society and grassroots organisations (including Indigenous Peoples, Afro-descendant and peasant communities, among others) with tools to develop and strengthen their internal and international strategies to advocate for a just energy transition that rests on three core principles: shared prosperity, human rights and social protection, and fair negotiations.
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