This post was first published in CityMetric.
Launching the countdown to the COP26 climate talks last week, the prime minister was right to say climate action presents a huge industrial opportunity, one that can drive “our national agenda of uniting and levelling up our country”. The UK’s success in renewable energy is a clear example of what real policy ambition can achieve. Read more
This post is by Colin Hines, convenor of the UK Green New Deal Group.
Shaun Spiers correctly cites the concerns felt by many in industry about the effects of chancellor Sajid Javid recent assertion in the Financial Times that the UK will no longer be aligned with EU rules, or in the single market or customs union. Read more
This post is by Nick Eyre, director of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS).
The government frequently boasts that the UK has broken the link between carbon emissions and economic growth. Since 1970, the economy has trebled in size, whilst emissions have fallen by about a third. Read more
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
This 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
This 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
The post was first published on Business Green.
The prestigious Stirling Prize was recently awarded to Goldsmith Street, an imaginative, low carbon development of council houses built by Norwich City Council.
It would be fantastic to see developments like this multiply across the country in the push to provide more homes. But local authorities’ hands are tied when it comes to developments in their areas carried out by others. Read more
This post is by Nick Molho, executive director at Aldersgate Group
Taking on the challenge of achieving net zero emissions by 2050 – as recently set out by the UK government – requires deep cuts in emissions in sectors where decarbonisation is a complex challenge, such as heating, transport, the cement and steel industries, aviation, and food. Read more
This post is by Angela Francis, chief advisor on economics and economic development at WWF and GIPC commissioner. The post was first published on Business Green.
Innovation has been a big part of the government’s efforts to shift the dial on the UK’s woeful productivity performance over the past ten years. It will invest £80 billion in R&D by 2027 to catalyse further private sector investment, with the target is to bring overall R&D levels up to 2.4 per cent of GDP (from 1.7 per cent in 2016). But spending on research is not the end government is seeking. Read more
This post is by Julie Hill, former Green Alliance director (1992-97), Green Alliance associate and chair of the resources organisation WRAP.
One of the early projects I led for Green Alliance, in 1990, was the book Ethics, environment and the company. Commissioned by the Institute for Business Ethics, it was written to provide a checklist of the practices that might be discerned in a company serious about its environmental performance. At a time when the environment was barely on businesses leaders’ radar, the most significant measures concerned awareness and process. So the recommendations included conducting “a comprehensive assessment of environmental impacts”, setting targets, ensuring management commitment through a designated board member, and regular auditing and reporting. The hope was that widespread adoption of these processes would bring about a sea change in environmental performance. Read more