complementarity between environmental and social policies
Reforms directly benefit some people and directly harm others. In the context of low-carbon transitions, entire sectors are destined to shrink, which threatens the employment of people directly employed in these sectors, as well as others working in other sectors in the same geographic area or connected by supply networks. Recognizing this and the many other distributional impacts of carbon policies, "just transitions" has become a focal concept in policy circles and academia. To contribute to this important subject, we are developing the Just transitions policy database. This database will help us identify policies that have been successful in providing a "just" transition path for coal mining regions, i.e. one that allows a region and affected workers to find new opportunities for development.