the case for a   

 Scottish

 Just

 Transition

​Lila Sakata

Rashi Agarwal

Harry Carstairs

Luiza Costa

Rachel Dunn

Gideon Leibowitz

The climate emergency places Scotland at a historic juncture. If the government is committed to achieving its stated goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2045, the labour market will be restructured on a scale unprecedented during peacetime. Despite potential disruptions a green transition may produce, it can also lay the groundwork for transformative, new opportunities. Building a sustainable, low-carbon economy, provides policymakers with the scope to address a range of existing social inequalities.  This report is an attempt to address those injustices and ensure that a green transition provides a sustainable future for all. 

 

This research has been conducted by six students from the University of Edinburgh, coming from a diverse range of academic fields. The report stemmed from a shared curiosity in how a Just Transition can foster a more egalitarian, prosperous society. We have analysed and evaluated the Scottish government’s current strategies for a green jobs transition, as well as outlining the role that anchor institutions and local businesses can play in the process.

 

The existential threats posed by climate emergency, as well as the extent of social inequalities, demand joined-up, transformative policy-making. We hope our research can serve as a blueprint for how a Just Transition can mitigate against labour market risks and provide the foundation for a more inclusive, equitable Scotland.

 Our approach: 

 an overview 

 Our approach: 

 an overview 

“We wish to present the intersection of climate action, post-pandemic prosperity and equity in the job market as an opportunity for positive change on all three fronts.”

 

“... the current plans set out by the Scottish government for a ‘green jobs transition’ are not ambitious enough and fail to place equality at their centre.” 

 

“This report has been written out of optimism for a Just Transition that encourages a greener, fairer future through justice and equity for workers in the shift to a sustainable economy”

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 1. A regional just  transition and improvement of  

 existing economic 

 development schemes  

The problem

  • Only two of the six existing City Region Deals (CRD) incorporate elements of sustainable growth towards a just transition.

  • 72% (£90m) of the investment outlined in the CRD for Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire is being used to fund the region’s Oil and Gas Technology Centre.

Our suggested approach

  • Both Regional Growth Deals (RGD) and CRD should channel the funds from high-polluting industries towards sustainable industrial practices. 

  • Initiatives funded through the RGDs and CRDs should be assessed for their relevance to the Just Transition and the net-zero 2045 target.

  • The Government must outline its current projections for what sectors will need scaling-up and scaling-down in terms of jobs losses and gains, and how this will impact regions across the country.

 

our Policy proposal

our Policy proposal

OUR TEAM OF RESEARCHERS

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Rashi
Agarwal

2nd year

MA Economics with

Environmental Studies

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Harry
Carstairs

2nd year

PhD in Atmospheric & 

Environmental Science

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Luiza
Costa

4th year

MA International Relations

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Rachel
Dunn

3rd year

MA Philosophy and

Psychology

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Gideon
Leibowitz

3rd year

MA Government, Policy and Society

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Lila Sakata
Team Leader

2nd year

BSc Environmental

Geoscience

OUR TEAM OF RESEARCHERS

headshot-rashi.jpeg
Rashi
Agarwal

2nd year

MA Economics with

Environmental Studies

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Rachel
Dunn

3rd year

MA Philosophy and

Psychology

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Harry
Carstairs

2nd year

PhD in Atmospheric & 

Environmental Science

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Gideon
Leibowitz

3rd year

MA Government, Policy and Society

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Luiza
Costa

4th year

MA International Relations

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Lila Sakata
Team Leader

2nd year

BSc Environmental

Geoscience

 contact 

The Buchanan Institute

The University of Edinburgh

Old College, South Bridge, Edinburgh EH8 9YL

Email: contact@buchananinst.org

https://www.buchananinst.org

Scottish Just Transition Team

The University of Edinburgh

Email: just.transition@buchananinst.org