The transition to a fossil free society is one of the most urgent challenges facing our societies. In order to succeed, we believe that the starting point must be a Just Transition, as referenced in the Paris Agreement. This means that investment in green technology, education, lifelong learning and transition support, among other things, are important in order to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, as well as for mitigating the consequences and effect that climate policy will have on the labour market.
Our starting point for our climate work is the Nordic Model and its three pillars: an organised labour market with cooperation between social partners who can prioritise sustainably through negotiation; economic policy which lays the foundations for necessary investments; and public welfare systems that support citizens in times of transition.
For us, this means that the trade union movement has an obvious role to play in the green transition, through negotiations with employers as well as in policy development with governments and other, international bodies. Together with our member organisations we strongly encourage a green and just transition – for a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable society.
This is why we support the targets set by the Nordic governments and the EU to live up to the Paris Agreement, as well as the vision of the Nordic prime ministers aiming to make the Nordic region the most sustainable and integrated one globally. This will require unprecedented social, economic and environmental transitions on a hitherto unseen scale.