Moving to a Green Economy? The Story of an “Unjust” Transition in the UK
Beynon, H.; Hudson, R.
Coal played a central part in the discussions at the COP26 conference on climate change held in Glasgow in 2021. Here it was established as the most deadly of the carbon fuels with the future of the planet depending upon its eradication. This was a cause some concern for the leaders of China and India and also for some of the smaller economies strongly linked to the coal expert trade, including Colombia and Australia. It was in this context that considerable thought was given to the need to carefully consider the transition from coal and the need for this to be done in a just manner. Prime Minister Johnson had contributed to this debate by asserting that the UK led the way in this regard. In his view Mrs Thatcher, in her defeat of the National Union of Mineworkers and the early closure of the industry that followed, had given Britain a head start in moving towards a green economy. This, however, was no recipe for others to follow. It was in fact the classic case of an unjust transition, which has had serious, and long-term deleterious effects upon the country’s economy and society. It shows others what not to do and, though obtusely, this negative exemplar provides elements for a more positive framework of future policy.
Beynon, H., & Hudson, R. (2022). Moving to a Green Economy? The Story of an “Unjust” Transition in the UK. International union rights, 29(1), 23-25
|Journal Article Type||Article|
|Online Publication Date||May 10, 2022|
|Deposit Date||Aug 16, 2022|
|Publicly Available Date||Aug 16, 2022|
|Journal||International Union Rights|
|Peer Reviewed||Peer Reviewed|
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