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 sustainable.