What is Just Transition?

“Just Transition” is an integrated approach and vision that supports workers and their families and communities impacted by shifting economies, industry changes, or disruptions. Historically, Just Transition has been a means for workers, communities, and other stakeholders to advocate for resources and support to adapt during periods of economic change.

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research is working together with partners and communities across the State to build an economic future where all Californians benefit through a combination of economic diversification strategies, industry planning, safety net development, and more. A Just Transition in California encompasses the formation of new industries as part of the shift to a carbon neutral economy as well as economic recovery strategies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

A critical component to Just Transition – and specifically the State’s approach to it – is partnership with communities to establish a shared vision of California’s economic future and develop implementation strategies to achieve it. As part of this approach, workers, business owners, consumers, community members, governments, and industry leaders all have a seat at the table.

Just Transition in California

With its diverse economies and leading role in addressing climate change, the State of California is prioritizing a Just Transition through two new avenues:

Community Economic Resilience Fund

As the COVID-19 pandemic laid bare existing inequities in California diverse regions and communities, the State created the Community Economic Resilience Fund Program (CERF) to support an inclusive economic recovery that includes planning and implementation of economic diversification strategies, industrial planning, workforce development, safety net programs, and more.

Just Transition Roadmap

In September 2020, Governor Newsom signed Executive Order N-79-20, directing OPR to partner with LWDA to design and deliver the state’s first Just Transition Roadmap. The Roadmap will provide a framework for California’s economic recovery that recognizes changes within major industries and regional economies resulting from a transition to carbon neutrality, the COVID-19 pandemic, and other economic shifts.