Sustainable development and climate change are interlinked. The achievement of development goals crucially depends on our ability to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C. At the same time, placing just transition and sustainable development at the centre of mitigation strategies is critical to build the social and political support needed to raise climate ambition and ensure sustained efforts over time. Any emission reduction strategy hence needs to be part of a larger just transition plan focused on sustainable, inclusive and resilient economic development.
The development of coherent and effective climate and sustainable development strategies requires a deeper understanding on the interactions between these two agendas. Potential opportunities and risks need to be mapped and identified. This will enable policymakers to devise and implement transition strategies that are socially just, alleviate potential trade-offs for affected parts of society and the economy and maximise synergies.
Our work around this topic includes:
- Analysis of climate and sustainable development linkages and impacts
- Development of tools and methods to quantify and assess sustainable development, trade and economic impacts of climate action
- Analysis of just transition strategies and policies