Making a Just Transition to a low emissions economy.
New Zealand is on a path to a low emissions economy. More than 15,000 New Zealanders and organisations have now had their say on the Government’s proposed Zero Carbon Bill, with Cabinet expected to make decisions on a target to reduce emissions in late 2018.
The need to mitigate and adapt to the impacts of climate change, including grasping the opportunities that it presents, will shape our transition to a low emissions economy.
Other factors also mean that we need to actively plan for a future economy that is going to look very different in 30 years than it does today. These include new technologies, globalisation and demographic shifts, which will have impacts on the ways New Zealanders work and the jobs they do.
The government has committed to making this process a “just transition”– one that is fair, equitable and inclusive. A just transition is about making sure that the government carefully plans with iwi, communities, regions and sectors to manage the impacts and maximise the opportunities of the changes brought about by the transition to a low emissions economy.
Just Transitions Unit
To help shape and coordinate this work, a Just Transitions Unit has been created within the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment.
The Just Transitions Unit will:
- Focus on the impacts of major climate change policy decisions on households, communities, industries and regions;
- Look at opportunities created by the transition to a low emissions economy and the support the government – in partnership with iwi, regions, sectors and communities – can provide to aid the transition process;
- Work with other government agencies active in this area, especially the Transition Hub located within the Ministry for the Environment, and the Provincial Development Unit.
As a result of the announcement in early 2018 that no further offshore oil and gas exploration permits would be issued, the JTU is devoting its current focus to working with the Taranaki region on how a just transition can occur.
The region is a priority for the Government and the Just Transition Unit. With funding from the Provincial Growth Fund, a General Manager – Transitional Economy has been employed by Venture Taranaki, the Regional Development Agency for Taranaki, to develop, in partnership with stakeholders, a transition to a low emissions economy “roadmap” for the region.
The Just Transitions Unit will work with Taranaki to support the development of the roadmap and drive community engagement in this process.
Just Transitions Summit
A national Just Transition Summit is to be held in New Plymouth in the second quarter of 2019.. The summit will bring key stakeholders from around New Zealand together to facilitate discussion on a just transition and hear from global experts. Planning is underway and more information on the schedule and programme will be available in due course.
To get in touch with the Just Transitions Unit please email email@example.com.