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Assessment Tool for Just Energy Transition Plans

Support for policy-makers, stakeholders, and practitioners

This assessment tool for just energy transition (JET) plans aims to support policy-makers, implementation agencies, and concerned stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of existing JET plans against a set of 11 internationally recognised environmental, social, and economic sustainability criteria.

A series of indicators has been defined in order to objectively review the performance of a JET plan against these principles. In addition, this qualitative tool provides JET planners with guidance on the development of adequate plans and related strategies.

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In continuation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, COP 28 in Dubai in November 2023 reaffirmed the need for urgent globally coordinated climate action and adopted a work programme on just transition. However, recent progress in international efforts to better coordinate just energy transition policy-making is set in a context where developing and emerging economies are facing significant challenges as they strive to both grow and decarbonise their economies in an equitable manner.

Adequate planning of JET measures is a crucial precondition for a fair and sustainable transition. Devising, implementing, and monitoring a JET plan is a complex undertaking, often requiring the reconciliation and alignment of competing policy objectives.

The assessment tool is intended for use by national and regional policy-makers, planners, and planning agencies, as well as public administrators and other stakeholders, to provide guidance on what elements should be included in a sustainable JET plan. Primarily, the qualitative assessment tool is meant to be used during the evaluation and monitoring phase of existing or recently developed JET plans. Furthermore, the tool can support policy-makers during the planning phase when developing new JET plans. In both cases, it can also support discussion and participation in JET plan review and development with a wide range of stakeholders, including civil society, trade unions, businesses, academia, and others.

The assessment tool has been developed based on an earlier, EU-focused tool published by the WWF European Policy Office, which has been comprehensively revised and adapted for a broader, international use. The current tool was developed within the framework of GIZ’s safeguards and gender management system and was peer-reviewed by members of the Powering Past Coal Alliance Expert Group on Just Transition.

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