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Economy-wide innovation directed towards a green transition

Worker at milling machine in workshop.

The post was first published on Business Green

By Mariana Mazzucato, Professor in the Economics of Innovation & Public Value at University College London and the Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose. This blog post was first published on Business Green.

Once again, governments are meeting at the UN COP 25 summit in Madrid to discuss the global response to climate change. What is clear is that the action needed requires an economy-wide, cross-sectoral shift, one of the largest ever attempted. Read more

Green jobs must be good jobs

intext-blog-essays-green-jobsThis post is by Tim Page, senior policy officer at TUC . It is one of six essays taken from our publication Countdown to COP26.

The move to net zero will bring challenges and opportunities. If we get it wrong, thousands of jobs will be lost and communities destroyed, as fossil fuel based energy and production sites close, with no alternatives for workers. If we get it right, we will bring great new jobs to those same communities, with the UK leading the way in green technology. Read more

We are a long way from where we need to be

intext-blog-jim-skeaThis post is by Jim Skea, professor of Sustainable Energy at Imperial College. It is one of six essays taken from our publication Countdown to COP26,

 

Three decades after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was established and preparations started for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), there are encouraging signs that action is finally picking up pace. Read more

Now is the time to take on the hard politics of the environment

Sunrise at Stanlow Oil Refinery heralding an Industrial DawnThis post is by Ian Christie, Green Alliance associate and senior lecturer at the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey.

My fellow Green Alliance associate and former director Rebecca Willis spoke on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this week about the state of environmental politics and climate action as the UK general election approaches. She said, “these are the best of times – and the worst of times.” Best, because finally there seems to have been a breakthrough in political consciousness and sense of urgency concerning the climate crisis. Read more

From ambition to action: why new policy will be vital for green innovation

intext-blog-roofThis post is by John Cridland, chairman of Transport for the North and of the Home Group, and chair of the Green Innovation Policy Commission

The UK’s commitment to achieving net zero by 2050, and the prominence that climate and environment are having in the current election campaign, suggests that politicians understand the need for action on climate as well as the benefits that decarbonisation could offer to the country’s economy. Read more

A less is more approach will be better for hill farmers and the environment

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This post is by Tom Lancaster, head of land, seas and climate at the RSPB; Ellie Brodie, senior policy manager at The Wildlife Trusts; and Marcus Gilleard, senior policy programme manager at the National Trust.

 At a time when many in farming communities will be experiencing acute anxiety about what the future holds, the National Trust, RSPB and The Wildlife Trusts have today published a new report looking at how to achieve a more profitable, resilient business model for hill farming, alongside a thriving natural environment. Read more

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