Invitation: Two-Day Hybrid Conference (8-9 December)—A Just Transition #beyondgrowth?

| December 1, 2022 | Leave a Comment

Amid an escalating climate crisis, is the continued pursuit of economic growth desirable—or even possible? If you’re interested in this fundamental question of our times, you won’t want to miss this two-day hybrid conference with an impressive lineup of more than 40 speakers, two plenaries, and six panel discussions! Register here!

In light of the 50th anniversary of the Limits to Growth report commissioned by the Club of Rome and the recent finding by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that economic growth, measured as gross domestic product, remains the strongest driver of greenhouse-gas emissions in the last decade, there is a need to question the possibility and desirability of the continued pursuit of economic growth. The scientific evidence is stacked against sufficient absolute decoupling of ecological impacts from economic growth, meaning that truly addressing our ecological crises will require a shift from a GDP growth-oriented economy to a low-carbon energy-services, wellbeing and equity-oriented economy.

Trade unions have a key role to play in a future ‘beyond growth’ as political actors representing the interests of working people. The aim of the conference is to build bridges between the trade union movement—advocating for the wellbeing of workers, equity and social justice—and the post- and de-growth community, and to situate a transformative, just-transition vision within the ‘beyond growth’ narrative. This conference is a major side-event of the broader ‘Beyond Growth 2023 Conference’, which will take place on 15-17 May 2023 on the initiative of 21 members of the European Parliament from five different political groups, supported by more than 40 partner organisations.

Check out the conference website for the programme and the speakers. Among the long list are Jason Hickel (professor at the Institute for Environmental Science and Technology, Autonomous University of Barcelona), Dominique Méda (professor, Université Paris Dauphine), Carrie Exton (head of wellbeing data insights and policy practice, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development), Philippe Lamberts (member of the European Parliament, co-president, Greens—European Free Alliance), Esther Lynch (general secretary, European Trade Union Confederation), Eloi Laurent (professor, Sciences Po, Paris and Stanford University), Patrizia Heidegger (deputy secretary general, European Environmental Bureau) and Giorgos Kallis (professor, Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, Barcelona).

Participation is possible both onsite, at the International Trade Union House in Brussels (Boulevard du Roi Albert II, 5; B-1210), and online—but you need to register here.

English-French interpretation will be available for the two plenary sessions, as well as for some panels (for the latest information, please check the website). Take note that the conference will be recorded (for the ETUI YouTube channel and website).

Mapping eco-social policy mixes for a just transition in Europe

A review of the reference literature shows that the role of just transition in policy design has so far been largely overlooked by existing empirical studies. Against this backdrop, the core aim of this working paper is to assess whether and how EU and national policy documents speak about a just transition and/or about tackling the social consequences of industrial decarbonisation, by referring to the concept of eco-social policy mixes for a just transition. Read the ETUI paper written by Matteo Mandelli.

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