WASHINGTON, DC—Resources for the Future (RFF) today released a new installment of Resources Radio: “Community Vulnerability in a ‘Just’ Energy Transition, with Sanya Carley.”
In this week’s podcast, host Daniel Raimi interviews Sanya Carley, a professor in the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington. Carley discusses "just" transition, a method of mitigating the vulnerability of communities that are affected in the move toward a renewable energy future. Carley talks through the facets of vulnerability, the top three communities most affected in energy transitions, and important factors to consider when implementing energy transition programs.
Notable quotes from the podcast:
- “We have to recognize that this energy transition inevitably creates winners and losers . . . it is imperative that we understand these inequities, study these inequities, and use whatever powers or resources we have available to us . . . to ensure that certain communities are not left behind and that everybody has some kind of adequate safety net to fare the energy transition.” —Sanya Carley (4:23)
- “One of the primary challenges with the 'just' transition is that vulnerability varies so fundamentally across location and geographic space as well as sociodemographic group . . . one solution that might work in one place might not work at all in another.” —Sanya Carley (18:28)
- “Solutions [to job loss in energy transition] have to be bottom up, and they have to be collaborative, and they have to engage the community that's affected.” —Sanya Carley (19:34)
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