The AK supports the EU’s goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050. It will require all instruments to achieve this: investments, enforcement orders and prohibitions, ecotaxes and other fiscal instruments, as well as soft measures such as awareness campaigns. The process of decarbonisation must focus on fairness and the interests of workers. Strategies for this so-called “Just Transition” must take the climate policy requirements seriously and at the same time place workers – not least in negatively affected sectors – at their centre. Disadvantageous effects must be mitigated, whilst the positive potential inherent in this transformation must be made use of in the interests of workers.

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