What is Just Transition?

A Just Transition is a sustainable and equitable economic transition to carbon-neutrality that builds a robust clean economy in which all Californians prosper. Planning for a Just Transition is a key component of OPR’s High Road Economic Development work.

In September 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-79-20, directing OPR to partner with the Labor and Workforce Development Agency (LWDA) to design and deliver the state’s first Just Transition Roadmap by July 2021.

The Just Transition Roadmap will provide a framework for California’s economic recovery that recognizes global and statewide shifts in key industries and regional economies likely to result from a transition to carbon neutrality. To ensure a truly Just Transition requires an integrated approach to labor, workforce, and economic policy that prioritizes job quality as a key pathway to both equity and competitiveness. That means transitions must focus both on communities and workers that rely heavily on fossil fuel or other traditional industries, and on creating economic opportunity for disadvantaged communities most burdened by the climate crisis.

OPR and LWDA are working across agencies in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders to design the Roadmap. Although it will look different in every industry and region, the Roadmap will always build on five foundational elements:

  • Diversifying the economy and creating or retaining high-quality jobs;
  • Creating or expanding education and training pathways into those jobs;
  • Planning the transition of specific industries (e.g., phased restructuring and redeployment)
  • Creating and enhancing safety net programs for workers and communities; and
  • Creating or expanding inclusive and diverse stakeholder processes to implement all of the above