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‘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.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 17:15 to 18:30

Central London, UK

A video and other presentation material are now available for an event recently held at the London School of Economics (LSE) which was structured around some of the core findings and arguments recently published in the ‘Better growth, better climate’ publication produced for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. The publication was produced for the Commission’s New Climate Economy (NCE) project, of which LSE Cities is leading the cities work stream.

It has often been argued that job creation is one of the important benefits of green growth policies, however it has also been claimed that environmental policies may have much less attractive consequences for labour markets. Fully assessing the consequences of environmental policies for employment presents a considerable challenge, and at present it is not possible for policy-makers to assess conflicting claims about the quality and quantity of green jobs that have already been created, or may be created in the future.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 10:00 to 16:00

Nottingham Business School, Nottingham, UK