Just Transition Planning Toolbox

Sectors and Themes
Expertise Level
Resource Type
Guidance and Frameworks
Analysis Tools
Developer or Source
Climate Investment Funds (CIFs)

Major socioeconomic changes, whether at a local or national scale, are likely to be disruptive. A greener economy and more sustainable production processes will produce net benefits for society, but the process of transition may create new costs or risks for some people. There could be localized job losses and negative impacts on local economic activity, for instance, even if the transition results in higher net employment or net economic activity overall. If not carefully managed, those disruptions could have real human impacts, particularly among people and communities whose livelihoods are affected, or who were already vulnerable to begin with. That, in turn, will also create local resistance to the transitions.

Just transition planning can be a bridge between climate action and the promotion of other sustainable development goals, because it will touch upon many different aspects of social, economic, and environmental policy. To achieve this, strategies designed to promote just transition should be aligned with other policies and plans that have the same goals. At the same time, some policies, plans, and fiscal settings may need to be adjusted – or even significantly reformed – to align with the vision of a just transition.

The Just Transition Planning Toolbox provides a practical guide to planning climate and/or sustainability transitions that are equitable and inclusive. The Toolbox explains key concepts and lays out the different elements needed to achieve a just transition: from the initial dialogues and analysis, to the preparation of a holistic transition plan. The materials are designed to be useful in a wide range of contexts, and include real-world examples and links to external “how to” resources.

It includes five interconnected modules:

1. Mobilizing stakeholders;
2. Developing vision and objectives;
3. Analyzing impacts and opportunities;
4. Devising strategies;
5. Resources and partnerships.

Each module includes an overview of key activities and relevant tools and methodologies, followed by a series of real-world examples and links to resources.