Without a radical transformation of our economy, we face climate breakdown. The Scottish Government has set demanding climate and energy targets but plans to deliver them don’t do enough to ensure that no-one is left behind.

That’s why we need to plan for a Just Transition that puts the interests of workers and communities at the heart of how we deliver emissions reductions. 

Because Scotland’s economy is presently so dependent on North Sea oil and gas, there is a particular need to increase worker consultation and power in policy decisions related to phasing out fossil fuel extraction and transforming the offshore sector to renewables.

What does this look like in practice

Communities on the front lines are often left out of generating solutions and as a result, solutions often fail to deliver justice. To avoid repeating the mistakes of past, unjust transitions, the impacts of energy transition on oil and gas workers and their communities must be at the forefront of conversations about how we move to a zero carbon economy.

Workers understand their industry, have important insights into what retraining and up-skilling they require, and have the right to plan and shape their futures. Any successful programme of retraining or re-skilling requires workers input, and the legitimacy of both government and industry policy proposals relies on their involvement.

A transition can only be just when the workers affected have a say in the futures of their livelihoods, communities and climate. 

Starting with a worker survey

COVID-19, the ongoing oil crisis and the climate emergency are wreaking havoc on workers’ livelihoods. In order to effectively campaign for a Just Transition, we need to understand what is happening to workers in the oil and gas industry and supply chains. Unions, NGOs and local government officers also understand the lay of the land we are attempting to tackle. This is why we have released a survey, in partnership with Platform, for anyone:

  • Working in the oil and gas industry
  • Working in the supply chain (e.g. processing, transportation, refining, distribution.)
  • Working in a public body, union or community organisation that has regular contact with oil and gas workers

In gathering survey information, Friends of the Earth Scotland and Platform will use the findings to inform our work and share the stories and views of workers and communities imagining a better life, economy and environment. 

Take the survey below now!

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Our work on Just Transition

Friends of the Earth Scotland campaigns for a Just Transition away from fossil fuels in a way that is fair to those currently working in energy intensive industries.

Find our more about our research, campaigning and our partnership work with trade unions:

A transition for people and planet