Just transition for the transport sector: a discussion paper

This discussion paper is intended to support engagement on a just transition for the transport sector. Building on this engagement, a draft targeted action plan and route map (late 23/24) will outline the key steps to delivering a fair transition for the sector.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Delivering a just transition for the transport sector demands that we are ambitious in our aims and actions. Being clear about what we want to achieve and holding ourselves accountable is essential if we are to stay on track. It is therefore important that we establish a framework to monitor and evaluate our progress in a way that is proportionate, feasible and effective.

Central to our monitoring and evaluation approach is identifying and developing appropriate quantitative indicators that we can use to track our progress towards our sectoral and national outcomes. These indicators will be tracked alongside tailored evaluations of flagship policies and continuous monitoring of key delivery metrics. Measuring the fairness of the transition to a net zero society needs to capture a wide range of dimensions.

We are currently commissioning research to provide further evidence to establish a robust baseline assessment of the current 'state of the sector', which will build on existing efforts to identify inequalities. The project will document existing inequalities within each of the sectors based on the available evidence, and identify key cross-cutting, systemic factors contributing to these. It will also provide an assessment of the reliability, robustness and completeness of the data available in the sector and highlight any key gaps in our knowledge. The outputs from this research will provide an important baseline against which to track progress in addressing inequalities.

Discussion points

Are there existing data sources that can help us track delivery of our just transition outcomes?

How can we make sure that our approach to monitoring and evaluation is inclusive and participatory?

What is the right balance between comprehensiveness and usefulness?


Email: justtransition@gov.scot

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