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Insights from historical cases of transition: background paper for the EBRD just transition initiative

The objective of this paper is to distill some insights into how industrial transitions impact people, economies and the environment, and how these impacts might best be managed going forward.

Aaron Atteridge, Claudia Strambo / Published on 9 September 2020
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Atteridge, A., Blanco, I. and Strambo, C. (2020). Insights from Historical Cases of Transition: Background Paper for the EBRD Just Transition Initiative. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, London.

Today, many parts of the world are undergoing industrial change, particularly as the global agenda to decarbonize our economies gathers momentum. Managing the impacts of these changes is necessary but can be difficult. By looking at historical cases, we highlight some lessons that can help future transitions be less disruptive and more just.

Development finance institutions like the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) have an important role to play helping carbon-intensive regions with major economic and social transitions. SEI collaborated with the EBRD to examine some previous cases of industrial decline and consequent socio-economic change – in the United States, Australia, United Kingdom and South Africa – in order to help inform the design of the Bank’s new Just Transition Initiative.

Read more about the EBRD’s Just Transition Initiative here.


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Claudia Strambo
Claudia Strambo

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