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Back | Programme Area: Environmental and Climate Justice

Challenges and Perspectives of a Just Transition in Europe

Date: 7 Mar 2022

What are the main challenges of a just transition to a zero-carbon economy in the EU? Taking a broad-based theoretical approach, speakers at this webinar present the current EU context for a just transition, paying particular attention to the European Green Deal and the Fit for 55 package.

—To what extent can current EU policies and practices be considered a step towards a more comprehensive policy framework to integrate climate/environmental and labour priorities?

—How far are institutions and the welfare state ready to address the new challenges posed by the eco-social paradigm shift, possibly under a low growth or de-growth scenario?

—What strategies do trade unions have and what main challenges do they face?


  • From “Just Transition” to an “Eco-Social State”?
    Bela Galgoczi (ETUI)
  • Workers, Trade Unions, and the Imperial Mode of Living: Labour Environmentalism from the Perspective of Hegemony Theory
    Markus Wissen (Berlin School of Economics and Law - HWR)
  • Multilevel Engagement of Trade Unions with Climate Change Mitigation
    Adrien Thomas (LISER, Luxembourg) and Valeria Pulignano (KU Leuven)

Discussant: Samantha Smith, Director of the Just Transition Centre of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Moderator: Nora Räthzel (University of Umeå, Sweden)

This webinar is hosted by the European Trade Union Institute (ETUI). It is part of the series Nature, Labour and the Struggle for an Eco-Social World, co-organized by the Center for Environmental Justice at Colorado State University, the Global Labour University (GLU), the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) and the University of São Paulo. The ETUI is financially supported by the EU..