From #BuildBackBetter and Black Lives Matter to net zero – 2020 has been characterised by calls for a better and more sustainable future.

This paper explores how we can better design public policy to support a rapid and fair transition to net zero and the restoration of nature.

We detail four case studies – from Germany, from Gothenburg, Sweden, and Pittsburgh, US, together, from Alberta, Canada, and from here in the UK – originating from a roundtable series held throughout 2020 exploring examples of just transition from around the world.