Assessment of Latvia’s Territorial Just Transition Plan
Peat field in Latvia. Photo: fotofox33 via Adobe Stock
Briefing | 22 February 2023
Latvia’s just transition regions – Latgale, Vidzeme, Zemgale and Kurzeme – are supposed to stop extracting and using peat for energy. Instead, with the help of EU funding allocated to various measures and projects through a Territorial Just Transition Plan (TJTP), they will find alternative sources of energy and ensure society is supported throughout the process. Yet energy is just one use of peat, and a small one – in terms of both quantity and emissions – at that. Through Latvia’s just transition, much more could be done to ensure benefits for the climate and society.
This briefing summarises just transition planning in Latvia thus far, reviewing the TJTP’s compatibility with EU requirements and the overall process’s alignment with the partnership principle. It provides recommendations for improving just transition in the upcoming period.