Putting people, and inclusivity, at the centre of all clean energy transitions not only improves people’s lives, but is also key to successful implementation of energy and climate policies.
The IEA’s people-centred clean energy transitions programme supports governments to ensure their clean energy transition strategies are truly fair and inclusive, with a focus on skills, decent jobs, worker protection, social and economic development, equality, social inclusion and fairness, while engaging people as active participants.
The programme builds on the work of the Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions, an independent panel of 30 members convened by the IEA Executive Director to produce a series of actionable recommendations in advance of COP26 in 2021.
The programme covers four work areas listed below.
Mobilising diverse stakeholders from and beyond traditional energy and climate domains is core to the programme. The IEA Clean Energy Labour Council brings together representatives of the world’s most important national trade unions and confederations, the IEA Gender Advisory Council facilitates the exchange of best practices between IEA Family governments on gender equality and inclusion, and the People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions webinar series, with 1-2 webinars organised per month with key international experts, explores relevant topics such as citizen engagement, skills development, social inclusion etc.
The programme aims to facilitate best practice knowledge sharing and learning on the key themes laid out by the Recommendations of the Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions. To further this goal, a Global Observatory on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions is due to be launched in 2023 as a regularly updated repository of best practices, as well as a series of case study reports that will take a deep dive into related key themes, such as the recent Skills Development and Inclusivity for Clean Energy Transitions.
The programme aims to support key emerging economies with a significant fossil fuel sector that will be most impacted by the transition. This includes support to governments and development partners for the implementation of Just Energy Transition Partnerships (JETPs), as well as a series of region-specific papers on people-centred issues in developing countries and emerging economies.
The programme seeks to expand data and analytical capacities on people-centred clean energy transitions, including energy employment modelling. The annual World Energy Employment Report, the most comprehensive inventory of the global energy workforce to date, analyses future skills need, training provision requirements and investment plans, as well as presenting research assessing the social impacts of clean energy policies.
Empowering people – the role of local energy communities in clean energy transitions
How to maximise the social benefits of clean energy policies for low-income households
The world’s top 1% of emitters produce over 1000 times more CO2 than the bottom 1%
Coal in Net Zero Transitions
Strategies for rapid, secure and people-centred change
Empowering people to act: How awareness and behaviour campaigns can enable citizens to save energy during and beyond today’s energy crisis
What would net zero by 2050 mean for the emissions footprints of younger people versus their parents?
Recommendations of the Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions
Skills Development and Inclusivity for Clean Energy Transitions