Trade unions in industrial regions of Europe see long-term climate planning as key to a just transition to a low-carbon economy, a new report finds.
“Open and transparent long-term climate plans in which workers and employers have a say are crucial for sustainable jobs and industry. Such plans are widely supported by trade unions”, said Benjamin Denis of the European Trade Union Confederation, which launched the project report.
“This need for good planning applies both to the regional level - as this report shows - and to the national level. This is why a project like MaxiMiseR, which aims to improve Member States’ long-term climate plans, is so crucial”, added Denis, who is part of the project’s External Reference Group.
The report, entitled ‘Industrial regions and climate policies: towards a just transition’ also highlights the importance of tackling the social impacts of decarbonisation investment in skills and the need for the EU to accelerate the deployment of breakthrough low-carbon technologies.
The report summarises the findings of a two-year EU funded project which brought together trade unionists in seven regions across the EU: Humberside and Yorkshire (UK), North Rhine Westphalia (Germany), Asturias (Spain), Antwerp (Belgium), Norrbotten (Sweden), Stara Zagora (Bulgaria) and Silesia (Poland). It was launched at an event marking the close of a two-year EU-funded project
The MaxiMiseR project will provide guidance to Member States on the Low-Carbon Development Strategies they are required to provide and update every two years under the EU’s ‘Monitoring Mechanism Regulation’.