EU’s Just Transition Fund (JTF) was launched in June 2021 with the aim of supporting heavily polluting industries in their transition towards a green and sustainable future. RGI supports this European initiative as well as the advancement of local plans which benefit from it. While WWF, one of RGI's Members, welcomes this initiative, concerns have been raised regarding challenges impacting the process of funds allocation as well as the quality of some plans. Therefore, WWF has developed an assessment tool with 14 scorecards that measures different aspects of the plans’ quality and analyses their performance against 10 just transition principles.
The observations resulting from the assessment aim to help improve both the submitted plans and the fund allocation towards a truly just transition. While some of the 14 plans submitted so far and examined by WWF demonstrated promising practices, for instance in the field of circular economy, most of them revealed rather disappointing truths which partially contradict the very aim of the fund: