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‘Five headline indicators of national success’

By Robert Lyons on 4th November 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

A recent report by the New Economics Foundation calls on the Office for National Statistics to adopt new headline measures of national success in the UK. The report highlights how the single measure of GDP has come to be treated as shorthand for overall success, creating a strong incentive for policy-makers to pursue short-term economic growth over and above all other goals.

‘Policy-Making for the Circular Economy’

By Robert Lyons on 4th November 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - 13:30 to 17:30

London, UK

New research from the New Climate Economy finds that investing in public and low emission transport, building efficiency, and waste management in cities could generate savings with a current value of US$17 trillion by 2050. The report offers numerous examples of cities that have achieved or can achieve economic benefits from green investments and demonstrates how doing so could also reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 3.7 Gt CO2e per year by 2030, more than the current annual emissions of India.

The London Assembly Economy Committee report ‘Weathering the Storm’, looks into the impact of climate change on London’s economy in terms of risks and opportunities. The report highlights that London’s businesses are ill-prepared for climate change risks, with 54 per cent of FTSE 100 firms having no business adaptation strategy in place for climate change, and 60 per cent of small and medium sized businesses having no plan in place to deal with extreme weather conditions.

‘The Politics of Green Transformations’

By Bridget Elliott on 29th July 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

This book examines how green transformations must take place in the context of the particular moments of capitalist development, and in relation to particular alliances. The role of the state is emphasised, both in terms of the type of incentives required to make green transformations politically feasible and the way states must take a developmental role in financing innovation and technology for green transformations. The book also highlights the role of citizens, as innovators, entrepreneurs, green consumers and members of social movements.

On 7th July, the New Climate Economy and the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate launched its 2015 report, ‘Seizing the Global Opportunity: Partnerships for Better Growth and a Better Climate’. The report is a continuation of the work carried out for the 2014 ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’ report. It is situated in the context of the international climate negotiations in Paris in 2015 and has a special focus on international and multi-stakeholder partnerships.

A new tool to help policy-makers, businesses and researchers measure the success of green polices has been produced as part of the European Commission-funded project, NETGREEN. The open-access, web-based tool allows users to quickly identify the most relevant green indicator for their needs, delve into the detail of data availability, indicator construction and data quality for their chosen metric, and easily compare their choice with similar indicators also suited to their analysis or subject.

A new United Nations report, ‘The coming financial climate – aligning the financial system with sustainable development’ argues for a radical shift in the global financial system. The report highlights the importance of moving investments into low-carbon projects and considers the need to invest in adaptation to protect economies from the risks associated with climate change.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - 12:00 to Friday, July 3, 2015 - 17:00

University of Leeds, UK

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation recently launched Circulate, an online location for news and thought-leadership on the circular economy and related subjects. The website is designed to provide a central location for information and news on circular economy related topics.