En Route to a Just Global Energy Transformation? The Formative Power of the SDGs and the Paris Agreement

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Abstract

The Paris Agreement for climate protection and the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development with the Sustainable Development Goals define an international legal frame of reference for the impending global energy transformation. This framework now makes it possible to shape the transformation leading to a sustainable global economy and society and to prevent it from being driven by the disastrous consequences of unchecked climate change. The two agendas can only be realized together. Without sustainable development, the climate protection goals of the Paris Agreement cannot be achieved. Conversely, without climate protection the development goals cannot be achieved either in the developing countries or in industrialized countries. Renewable energy sources are a key component of both endeavors. However, the expansion of renewable energy alone is not sufficient to ensure that the global energy transition will be accomplished on time. In addition, the phase-out of coal, oil, and gas must be organized. This is required to ensure that the impending structural changes are just and socially acceptable. Only in this way can a continuous transformation be guaranteed and social fractures avoide
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherFriedrich-Ebert-Stiftung
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017

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