New British Academy reports explore sectors and industries’ sustainability transition

7 Jul 2022

The British Academy today builds on its response to the climate crisis, publishing nine in-depth studies exploring how global supply and value chains can transition to more sustainable and environmental models.

Drawing on research funded by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the reports focus on the action required to lead ‘just transitions’ towards more sustainable economies and societies in different sectors and industries around the globe.

The reports:

  • shed light on the complexities and unintended consequences of just transitions
  • examine how the benefits of decarbonisation can be widely shared
  • consider how best to support those who will be negatively impacted by such transitions.

They include a look at how to achieve just transitions in the forestry sector and an analysis of responsible extraction of metals for renewable energy, and explore how to make space for dialogue on just transitions in Africa’s oil and gas producing regions.

The Academy has also published a policy summary and synthesis which outlines key findings, ideas and lessons from across the research projects.

The research projects were funded under the ‘Just Transitions Within Sectors and Industries Globally’ research programme and follow a series of reports on just transitions which were published by the British Academy during COP26.

Professor Simon Goldhill FBA, the British Academy’s Foreign Secretary, said:

“Addressing the social and economic effects of decarbonisation will be key to achieving just transitions globally yet doing so is complex and challenging. From analysing the prevalence of modern slavery in the global solar energy supply chain to exploring the viability of so-called giga factories in the UK, these reports underline the importance of paying close attention to the needs and impacts of just transitions in different sectors and industries.

“This work also demonstrates just how vital expertise in the SHAPE disciplines (the Social Sciences, Humanities and the Arts for People and the Economy) is to finding fair and practical solutions to the challenges posed by climate change.

“We hope policymakers find important, new insights in these reports and ideas for shaping current policy.”

The full list of reports is:

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