Although the dominant voice in Aberdeen’s transition to net zero and the driver of it to date is that of the oil and gas industry, led by ONE, others are beginning to make themselves heard. They are criticising what has been happening and call for a change. Not just the Torry Community, but, for example, Aberdeen University’s Centres for Energy Law and for Energy Transition, and Aberdeen Climate Action, for example.
There is an emerging consensus that the notion of the “Just” of the JTC goes beyond just being for jobs and energy supply, but to include the health, social environment and well being of communities. That these are equally important as economic justice and any benefits that 'could' come from a future ETZ.
This was expressed in The Aberdeen University’s Centre for Energy Law’s NPF4 framework submission in June , which also emphasised that a just transition involves communities being involved from the very beginning of the planning process, in an open and inclusive partnership . It goes further in advocating legal status for such partnerships, protecting the community’s legal rights.