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Towards a Territorially Just Climate Transition—Assessing the Swedish EU Territorial Just Transition Plan Development Process

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Sustainability 2021, 13(13), 7505; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137505
Received: 27 May 2021 / Revised: 30 June 2021 / Accepted: 1 July 2021 / Published: 5 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Transition and Climate Change in Decision-making Processes)
The move towards a climate neutral economy and society requires policymakers and practitioners to carefully consider the core technical, social, and spatial dimensions of a just transition. This paper closely examines the processes undertaken during the development of EU Territorial Just Transition Plans (TJTPs) for the three Swedish regions of Gotland, Norrbotten, and Västra Götaland. The aim is to establish whether the content and actions outlined in the TJTPs were driven by the technical, social, or spatial dimensions of a just transition. The analysis is primarily based on a socio-economic and governance impact assessment conducted in each region as part of the TJTP formulation process. These data are also supported by observations of the TJTP development process by the article authors who were part of the team put together by DG Reform to work with the preparation of the TJTPs. The paper finds that the TJTPs development process was largely driven by technical considerations, rather than spatial and socio-economic issues. This indicates that a more open and inclusive place-based territorial approach to climate transition policy formulation and implementation is required. A balance between the technical, social, and spatial elements of a just transition is needed if policies are going to meet the requirements of local and regional citizens and provide sustainable socio-economic growth and environmental protection, without risks of delocalizing energy-intensive processes to other regions. View Full-Text
Keywords: climate transitions; climate justice; regional development; territorial plans; place-based policy climate transitions; climate justice; regional development; territorial plans; place-based policy
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Moodie, J.; Tapia, C.; Löfving, L.; Gassen, N.S.; Cedergren, E. Towards a Territorially Just Climate Transition—Assessing the Swedish EU Territorial Just Transition Plan Development Process. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7505. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137505

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Moodie J, Tapia C, Löfving L, Gassen NS, Cedergren E. Towards a Territorially Just Climate Transition—Assessing the Swedish EU Territorial Just Transition Plan Development Process. Sustainability. 2021; 13(13):7505. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137505

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Moodie, John, Carlos Tapia, Linnea Löfving, Nora S. Gassen, and Elin Cedergren. 2021. "Towards a Territorially Just Climate Transition—Assessing the Swedish EU Territorial Just Transition Plan Development Process" Sustainability 13, no. 13: 7505. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13137505

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