Professor Karen Turner appointed to Just Transition Commission

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Professor Karen Turner, Director of the Centre for Energy Policy at the University of Strathclyde has been appointed to the Just Transition Commission.

The Commission will advise the Scottish Government on how to maximise the social and economic opportunities offered by moving to a carbon-neutral economy.

Key challenge

A key challenge in transitioning Scotland to a clean energy future will be in ensuring no-one loses out as the employment landscape in the energy sector changes.

The first members and remit of the Commission, to be chaired by Professor Jim Skea of Imperial College London, were announced by Roseanna Cunningham, Environment Secretary, at the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) in Poland.

In addition to Professor Turner, the other members announced are: Charlie Hartley, member of the 2050 Climate Group and Tom Shields, CEO of consultancy firm Spring Rise.

Professor Turner said: “I am delighted to be joining the Just Transition Commission. This is an extremely important initiative, and comes at a critical time for Scotland’s action on climate change.

The challenge of climate change means that Scotland must now step up its transition to a low and ultimately zero carbon society.

“However, this transition needs to be understood and widely agreed to be a fair and equitable one at both home and abroad, crucially with a focus on how we can sustain and grow high value jobs throughout the Scottish economy.

“The Commission has a vital role to play in advising on how best to achieve this.”

The Centre for Energy Policy at Strathclyde works with partners across the University to provide evidence-based critical thinking to the energy challenges in all economic sectors.