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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

The European Environment Agency's indicator report looks at the transition to a green economy with a focus on the global environmental impacts of the EU's production-consumption systems. The report's launch coincided with the Global Green Growth Forum, held in Copenhagen last week, where business leaders and decision makers discussed how changing production and consumption patterns can bring about green growth.

Date and Time: 
Monday, October 6, 2014 - 17:00 to 19:00

London South Bank University, UK

A major new report released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate today finds that governments and businesses can improve economic growth and reduce their carbon emissions at the same time. The Commission's work has been conducted by a global partnership of leading research institutes, advised by a panel of world-leading economists chaired by Lord Nicholas Stern. The report, ‘Better Growth, Better Climate’, was presented to governments and business and finance leaders at a global launch event at the UN headquarters in New York City, ahead of next week’s UN Climate Summit.

A post on the Green Alliance blog provides a clear outline of why the publication of the long awaited report of the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate may mark an important moment in the gathering global politics of climate change. As well as highlighting that the report provides the first major, authoritative account of the economic case for acting on climate change since the seminal Stern Review of 2006, the blog summarises key messages from the report and why they’re likely to have significant impact.