COP26: Putting people at the heart of the shift to climate neutrality

Posted on 28 October 2021

On 4 November, WWF events at COP26 will focus on just transition.
Urgent climate action is needed to protect the future of our planet and all humanity.

This means sweeping changes - from the energy we use, to the transport we take, to what we eat.

The potential - green jobs, clean air, healthy nature, a safe future - is massive.

But the changes needed are only possible if everyone, everywhere is on board.

The transformation that will happen must involve all of society - moving together to a fairer, sustainable, climate neutral future.

Through several different events taking place on 4 November 2021, WWF will bring this urgent message to the climate summit, COP26.

A vision for “Just Energy Transformation” worldwide, and the impact on ambition
11:00 -12:00 GMT - WWF Pavilion (Blue Zone)
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Urgent climate action is needed to secure a world in which the wellbeing and future of humanity are protected. This is only possible if the entire global community is behind the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

Ror WWF, these “just energy transitions” must be part of a broader objective of societal transformation to a fairer, and sustainable, climate neutral future. WWF will present the case for a global “Just Energy Transformation” which entails systemic change that delivers on climate targets and on sustainable development goals. Speakers will give their thoughts on how to take this forward.


Frances O'Grady - Secretary-General, TUC
Sean De Cleene - World Economic Forum Executive Committee member
Manuel Pulgar-Vidal - global leader for climate and energy, WWF
Sanjay Vashist - director South Asia, CAN International

Moderated by
Professor Jim Skea - Chair of Scottish Just Transition Commission and Co-chair of Working Group III of the IPCC,
Beyond Energy: A Just transition for all
4 Nov, 12.30-13.30 GMT - WWF Pavilion (Blue Zone)
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Just Transition is often confined solely to the energy sector and even then as a tool for remedying past mistakes. This event will widen our vision and present Just Transition as a national mission, crossing sectors and proactively contributing to a wellbeing economy. It will showcase Scotland’s Just Transition story alongside global examples of wider and non-energy Just Transition initiatives, inspiring ambitious and just climate action.
Scottish Government Minister (TBC)
Professor Jim Skea - Chair of Scottish Just Transition Commission and Co-chair of Working Group III of the IPCC, Sharan Burrow - General Secretary, ITUC

Regions beyond coal: moving from dirty energy – and how to make it fair
14:30-16:00 GMT - Glasgow Science Show Centre
The event is fully booked, but do watch live online

We will welcome mayors from the heart of Europe’s coal country to tell of their regions' quest for a just transition to a more sustainable future.

After this, we will hear how that quest is replicated beyond the EU's borders and how the challenges to secure a just transition are the same and how they are different.

This will lead to a discussion on what works and what’s needed to ensure that ending coal leads to a fairer, healthier and more resilient future for all.

Stefan Krastev  - Deputy Mayor of Pernik, Bulgaria
Michal Bieda - Deputy Mayor of Bytom, Poland
Susan Aitken - Leader of Glasgow City Council
Katie Treadwell - energy policy officer, WWF European Policy Office

Miloslawa Stepien - just transition coordinator, CEE Bankwatch

Moderated by:
Lang Banks - Director, WWF Scotland

More information:
Sarah Azau

Communications Manager - WWF European Policy Office
+32 473 57 31 37
Just transition: putting people at the heart of the shift to climate neutrality
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