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Just transition

Our aim 12 is to support a just energy transition that advances human rights and education
Engineer at work in Teesside, UK

bp and a just transition

We support the Paris Agreement, which recognizes the importance of a just transition – one that delivers decent work, quality jobs and supports the livelihoods of local communities – and the International Labour Organization Guidelines on Just Transition.

We believe that respect for human rights and strong environmental and social performance are necessary for a just transition. Our policies and practices reflect this belief. We collaborate with relevant stakeholders to help advance human rights during the energy transition. This includes supporting civic dialogue, transparency and capacity building in civil society organizations.

We will develop just transition plans in priority areas and help the workforce develop skills for the future energy system, taking a socially inclusive approach.


Just transition for the workforce


We aim to provide our people with the skills they need for their current roles and for the energy transition. We use skills forecasting and capability planning to guide our efforts to build the skills for a just transition. This helps shape our workforce planning activities, which include the ways we attract, recruit, develop and reward employees.

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The future energy system

We also support education and employability activities that help people develop transferrable skills needed for careers in energy and other sectors, often with a focus on disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. We do this through many partnerships and social investments. 

Just transition for local communities


We aim to help local communities benefit from the energy transition. Our focus is on supporting community regeneration and resilience, skills development and education about clean energy. In developing these initiatives, we engage people in local communities and use the insights they provide to help maximize our impact.



In Scotland, we are supporting several social, economic and skills development projects with our joint venture partners, including the proposed Aberdeen Hydrogen Hub – a joint venture with Aberdeen City Council, and the X-Academy training programme, which supports the Morven offshore wind project.



In Teesside, UK, we are contributing to the local Skills Improvement Plan and actively participating in several community initiatives designed to help local people from diverse backgrounds prepare for jobs in low carbon industries. These include the Teesside Clean Energy Technician Scholarships with around 40 students expected to be enrolled by the end of 2024.



In Western Australia, we are working with Creating Communities, an organization focused on community engagement and social impact to drive a just transition. This work will help us understand the needs and aspirations of the communities surrounding our projects and how they hope to benefit from the energy transition. This, in turn, will help us define our approach to social investment and engagement in the region.