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The International Resource Panel (IRP), under the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), recently launched a new report ‘Building Natural Capital: How REDD+ Can Support a Green Economy.’ REDD+ is an approach adopted by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from forests. If pursued, REDD+ could bring new momentum and funding to preservation. This report provides a concise summary of the pieces necessary for integrating REDD+ into a Green Economy.

There is urgency for greater legitimacy and equity in terms of costs charged to energy consumers. Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) published a report seeking to establish what impact a lack of competition in the energy supply market is having on consumers’ energy bills. Regulation of the supply market must focus on generating beneficial outcomes for the majority of consumers and not simply those that are most active (this is particularly important at a time of high unemployment).

Date and Time: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 12:30 to 17:30

RICS, 12 Great George Street, London

UCL’s Green Economy Policy Commission has released a new report exploring green economic strategies to move towards low-carbon prosperity, resource security and environmental quality. The report presents a comprehensive overview of the primary elements of a green economy and asserts that there is an opportunity for policies to acknowledge future resource constraints and deliver more sustainable growth. The Commission emphasises that a green economy should not look at niche sectors, but take a whole economy view.

Nature is crucial to our global economy and essential to human welfare. Despite this importance, the value of natural capital is consistently taken for granted. The Natural Capital Committee (NCC) has recently published its second State of Natural Capital Report which examines the risks to natural capital as well as the benefits of integrating it into policy-making. NCC was established in May 2012 to advise the Government on how to ensure England’s ‘natural wealth’ is regulated both efficiently and sustainably.

The key findings from the Green Growth Best Practice (GGBP)'s global assessment of best practice in green growth have just been released. The ‘Synthesis of Key Findings’ report sets out 9 clear actions on how to enable successful green growth policies, focussing in particular on policies that favour both climate protection and resilience as well as economic and social development. A key overall lesson that emerges in the report is the importance of pursuing an integrated approach that links green growth analysis, planning, implementation, and monitoring into an iterative cycle.

Date and Time: 
Friday, March 21, 2014 - 08:45 to 17:30

European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium

The latest In-depth Report from Science for Environment Policy presents an overview of research into social innovation, with special consideration for its environmental implications. In the report, case studies illustrating how social innovation has taken place in real-world settings are presented, from urban beekeeping in Copenhagen to pedal-powered distribution in Paris and community farming in London.

STEPS Working Paper- ‘Socially Useful Production’

By Bridget Elliott on 4th February 2014
Found in: Research and Resources

A new STEPS Centre Working Paper provides a history and analysis of the movement for ‘socially useful production’, which flourished for a brief period in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s and pioneered practical approaches for more democratic technology development.

New film - ‘Enough Is Enough’

By Bridget Elliott on 4th February 2014
Found in: Research and Resources

Based on the best-selling book by Rob Dietz and Dan O'Neill, this new film lays out an alternative to the perpetual pursuit of economic growth- an economy where the goal is enough, not more. The film explores specific strategies to fix the financial system, reduce inequality, and create jobs, featuring interviews with leading economists, politicians, and sustainability thinkers such as Tim Jackson, Kate Pickett, Andrew Simms, Natalie Bennett, and Ben Dyson.  It is produced and directed by Leeds film-maker Tom Bliss, and includes illustrations by cartoonist Polyp.