Europe needs an energy transition towards a low-carbon economy based mainly on renewable energies and greater energy efficiency. This would create new jobs while at the same time reducing dependency on energy imports and releasing financial resources to be invested in new technologies and innovation. It would also improve air quality and reduce the number of related diseases.
The ETUC calls for an EU just transition strategy based on a just transition fund, as well as a governance framework that involves trade unions and encourages Member States to anticipate changes facing the workforce due to decarbonisation.
The ETUC supports the objectives of the Energy Union and an EU energy policy based on solidarity, sustainability, security of supply and affordability, and monitors its implementation carefully.