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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

Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 - 17:30 to 19:30

University College London, UK

This new report by WRAP and Green Alliance finds that growth in the circular economy, whether modest or transformational, can create a wide variety of employment opportunities which directly tackle challenges faced by the British labour market. For example, regional unemployment disparities may be reduced by a broad geographical spread of employment opportunities in circular economy activities, which will be of particular benefit in higher unemployment regions. Occupational mismatch may be reduced by new opportunities across all skill levels.

A new report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) identifies critical innovations in the global financial system, which, if brought to scale, could help close the widening sustainable development investment gap. The new publication, Pathways to Scale, is the 3rd progress report from the UNEP Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System which aims to advance policy options to improve the financial system’s effectiveness in mobilizing capital towards a green and inclusive economy.

This report for the Trade Union Congress (TUC) argues that government has a key leadership role in creating a ‘dynamic and vibrant innovation system’ that meets society’s environmental and economic aspirations. The direction the UK’s economic growth now takes depends much on government vision and leadership in driving eco-innovation. Innovation is essential for greening growth and yet innovation policy is not currently aligned with aspirations for a green economy. The report argues that a more active, dynamic approach is required.

This article critically examines the Scottish Government’s decision explicitly to promote sustainable economic growth as its overall objective. The paper also examines the possible relationship between sustainable economic growth and the widely accepted objective of sustainable development as complementary or contrasting policy objectives and legal duties. In doing so, it demonstrates the difficulties governments face in trying to put flesh on the bones of the Brundtland definition of sustainable development and to accelerate progress towards sustainable living.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, January 8, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00

University of Surrey, UK