Thursday morning panel • Feb 24, 9:00 AM MST
Leading Global Practices for Just Transition
Governments around the world are moving forward with the development of policy and actions for just transitions of their economies. In this session, we saw how other countries are dealing with this process — the challenges they’ve experienced, the solutions they’ve encountered, what worked best. Our distinguished panel of international experts shared their knowledge and experience leading national and international commissions that put people at the centre of climate, social, and economic policy development.
Jim Skea is professor of sustainable energy at Imperial College London, with research interests in energy, climate change, and technological innovation. His current main role is as co-chair of IPCC Working Group III for the 6th assessment cycle. He was research director of the UK Energy Research Centre (2004-12) and director of the Policy Studies Institute (1998-2004). He has operated at the interface between research, policy-making, and business throughout his career. He was a member of the UK Committee on Climate Change from its inception in 2008 until 2018, and is currently the chair of Scotland’s Just Transition Commission. Read more | Watch a video preview
Sam Smith is the director of the Just Transition Centre, working for a just transition for workers and communities. The Centre was established by the International Trade Union Confederation and partners to help unions and their allies get good plans for just transition at all levels. Previously, Sam was the global climate and energy leader for World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world's largest conservation organization. Read more | Watch a video preview
Dr. Brian Motherway is Head of the Energy Efficiency Division at the International Energy Agency (IEA), overseeing a range of analytical and outreach programmes supporting energy efficiency globally. In this position, Brian leads the IEA's work with the Global Commission on People-Centred Clean Energy Transitions. Prior to joining the IEA Brian was Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Brian holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in engineering and a PhD in sociology. Read more | Watch a video preview
Dr. Tamara Krawchenko (BA, MPA, PhD) is an assistant professor in the School of Public Administration and a member of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria, Canada. Her research explores the role of the public sector in supporting a just transition to low-carbon economies in Canada and internationally and is particularly focused on transitions in oil-dependent economies and rural regions. Read more