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The Climate Action Council and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have announced the appointment of members to the Just Transition Working Group.

NYSERDA and the Climate Action Council announced the six advisory panels that will advise the Council on how to prepare a Scoping Plan to achieve the State’s bold clean energy and climate agenda.

The Advisory Panels will help the Climate Action Council to design a strategic plan to transform New York’s economy, create new jobs, and stimulate industry and innovation, while building more resilient communities to better protect all New Yorkers. The Just Transition Working Group will help to ensure New York’s workforce is prepared for and stands to benefit from the State’s transition to renewable energy.

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The panels are comprised of representatives from public, private, academic, environmental, and community groups that cover six different economic sectors: Agriculture and Forestry; Energy Intensive and Trade-Exposed Industries; Housing and Energy Efficiency; Land Use and Local Government; Power Generation; and Transportation.

The development falls under efforts to align the plan with the state’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA).

Based on the latest climate science, the CLCPA sets targets that are among the most rigorous of any major economy in the world.

The Just Transition Working Group and six advisory panels were approved at the Climate Action Council meeting which took place Aug. 24, 2020. 

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation commissioner Basil Seggos, said: “While the federal government dithers on climate change, Governor Cuomo is showing real leadership on one of the defining issues of our time. The only way to truly combat climate change and achieve New York’s game-changing goals is to engage with a broad range of stakeholders across the state. The members of the Just Transition.

“Working Group and Advisory Panels represent the diversity of our great state, with leaders from communities of color, labor, industry, government, agriculture, environment, housing, and academia. All New Yorkers must help guide a just transition to a cleaner energy future. We’ve already seen the devastating effects of climate change. We are committed to putting thousands of people back to work in clean jobs and ensuring that all of our communities, particularly those most at risk from climate change, stand to benefit from New York’s transition to a greener future.”

Doreen M. Harris, the CEO of NYSERDA, adds: “The knowledge and expertise of the Just Transition Working Group and Advisory Panels members will serve a critical role in providing the significant and comprehensive thoughts and recommendations that will be considered in developing and achieving New York’s roadmap to a carbon-neutral future. I look forward to working with the Climate Action Council to provide the foundation to empower our diverse communities across the state to actively take a role in achieving the State’s ambitious climate goals while ensuring all New Yorkers including those in underserved communities, benefit with good-paying jobs and clean, affordable energy from New York’s burgeoning green economy.”

Visit climate.ny.gov/advisory-panel for the lists of Advisory Panel members and members of the Just Transition Working Group.