To keep the global temperature rise below 1.5℃, a rapid phase out of fossil fuels, towards renewables must happen this decade. Friends of the Earth Scotland believe the urgent need to transform our economy in this way is an opportunity to build a fairer and more equal Scotland.

A Just Transition requires this shift to happen at the pace necessary to avoid climate catastrophe, while protecting workers’ livelihoods, creating new jobs, and delivering a fairer Scotland. By ensuring impacted workers and communities, their trade unions and environmentalists are at the table shaping policies, tackling the climate crisis can provide benefits across the country.

Right now Scotland is failing to deliver a Just Transition. Climate targets have been missed for three consecutive years, the full extent of economic potential in green industries have been squandered and we are yet to see commitments to the policies and finance required to turn this tide.