Energy transition is a process that seeks to replace non-renewable and environmentally damaging energy sources with sustainable and renewable energy sources. However, to ensure a just transition, it is important to consider the perspective of people with disabilities and ensure that they are included in the process.
Disability can be an important factor in energy-related decision-making. Accessibility barriers, for example, can affect the ability of persons with disabilities to use certain types of energy and technologies, which can limit their ability to access reliable and affordable energy supplies. It is therefore important to ensure that the energy transition is accessible and inclusive for all people, including persons with disabilities. This includes the implementation of accessibility strategies in the planning and development of new energy technologies, as well as the consideration of the specific needs of persons with disabilities in energy-related decision-making.
Therefore, the active and meaningful participation of persons with disabilities in decision-making that affects them is necessary. This means that they must have the opportunity to participate in the planning and implementation of policies and projects that address just transition, and their perspective and experiences must be valued and considered at all times. That is why, as specified by CSR Europe in its European People for Just and Inclusive Transition Programme, corporate members and national partner organisations will engage European policy makers to ensure social justice in EU climate and energy policy. This engagement will contribute to the development of policy recommendations that will feed into CSR Europe's "policy paper for a social green deal 2024-2029".
An energy transition is part of a just transition, i.e. the path towards a sustainable and equitable future for all. This transition is necessary to address the global challenges of climate change, energy security and economic sustainability:
- Energy efficiency: Improving efficiency in energy use to reduce consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.
- Renewable energy sources: Increase the share of renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, hydro and geothermal, in its generation.
- Emission reductions: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve air and water quality through the adoption of cleaner and more sustainable technologies.
- Sustainable development: Foster economic development by creating green jobs and investing in sustainable technologies.
- International cooperation: Promote international cooperation to address global challenges related to energy and climate change.
The energy transition is a complex process that requires the active participation of governments, industry, civil society and citizens to achieve a more sustainable and just future for all people. The implementation of sustainable policies and technologies, education and public awareness are essential to achieve an effective and just energy transition.