Session 1 - Jobs & skills transition management: Strengthening green human capital
Session 2 - Green growth and competitiveness
Session 3 - Social impacts of the green transition on households
The social and political support for the transition towards a green and low-carbon future depends on whether its costs and benefits are distributed across the society in a fair and transparent manner. There is increasing evidence that poorer neighbourhoods facing greater exposure to air pollution and other environmental risks. At the same time, low-income households are more vulnerable to, for instance, to higher energy or water prices. This session will discuss recent evidence on how the consequences of both environmental policies and exposure to pollution vary with household income and with other socio-demographic characteristics. The discussion will build on insights, e.g. from energy pricing or subsidy reforms, resource and water pricing and other policies to preserve biodiversity and other natural capital, energy efficiency programs, which may have negative impacts on household budgets or livelihood of communities. The session will also examine how green growth policies could also address poverty reduction. How can cities or local authorities promote a more social inclusion and environmental improvements via – for instance – housing or transport policies? Can they help to meet both inclusive and green objectives?