The Energy and Climate Policy Institute for Just Transition (ECPI) is a research
institute, an NGO aiming to transform the current energy politics dominated by the
cartel of capital and the powerful into a more democratic based on social justice. The
ECPI is working for contribute to stimulate and deepen social debates and
deliberations on the political and social implications of climate change and energy
crisis, and to search and develop, from the perspective of social justice, progressive
alternatives to meet these challenges.
The overarching vision of the ECPI can be summarized as "Just Transition". The term
emerged from the workers' movement in the US and Canada during the 80s and 90s.
Originally, it meant that local communities and workers should not become the victim
of the transition from an unsustainable to a sustainable society. In our opinion, "Just
Transition" should be given a new and wider social meaning in the age of climate
change and energy crisis and be the guiding of principle of what we might call the
social process of transition.
The transition process should be 'just' and the burden and costs of the transition
should not be unilaterally transferred or imposed on weaker social groups such as
workers, citizens, and social minorities, as has been frequently the case in the
developing as well as the developed countries.
We would also like to emphasize that the creativity, voluntarism, and participation of
these social groups will make the transition process socially more robust, just and