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With the forthcoming London Mayoral election not far away in May 2016, Green Alliance, in collaboration with the Campaign for Better Transport, CPRE, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, London Wildlife Trust, National Trust, RSPB and the WWF, looks at the major challenges facing London and sets out big ideas and practical means which would help the new Mayor achieve a greener, fairer capital and a better place to live and work. 

SDRN Mailing, 24 February 2016

By Editor on 24th February 2016
Found in: News

DECC and Defra have published their departmental plans for 2015-2020, outlining their departments’ visions and objectives and how they will achieve these. 

DECC aims to: ensure the UK has a secure and resilient energy system; keep energy bills as low as possible for households and businesses; secure ambitious international action on climate change and reduce carbon emissions cost-effectively at home; and manage the UK’s energy legacy safely and responsibly. 

envecon2016: Applied Environmental Economics Conference

By Editor on 10th February 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Friday, March 18, 2016 - 08:45 to 17:00

The Royal Society, London

Now in its fourteenth year, this one-day conference brings together environmental economists from public and private sectors, academia and consultancy to share results of recent research and to discuss issues relevant to the practical application of environmental economics in the UK, Europe and elsewhere.  

This recent report by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) looks at the potential risk of major economic losses which Britain faces as a result of climate change but which markets and financial decision-makers are failing to take account of.

The research identified three broad reasons for this

1) Climate risks are seen as too distant to be relevant to financial decision-makers, who tend to focus on a short-term timeframe in which climate shocks are seen as unlikely to have a significant, financially material impact.

Date and Time: 
Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00 to 15:30

This workshop, organised by Catherine Max Consulting, Climate UK and Durham University (BIOPICCC) will showcase approaches to building resilience in health and care services. It will be an opportunity to promote awareness of severe weather and future climate risks to health and well being among colleagues and community partners; make the business case for action; build alliances which successfully improve service and community resilience; and influence policy. 

Greening government commitments

By Editor on 2nd December 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

The fourth annual report of governments’ progress against the greening government commitments, covering 2015-15, has now been published.

The greening government commitments (GGCs) were targets for reducing the environmental effect of government estates and operations over the lifetime of the previous parliament. This fourth annual report represents the culmination of the initial framework. The government is currently considering future greening government arrangements.

The Environmental Audit Committee has published the transcript of its first conference, held on 10th November 2015, on the Government’s Approach to Sustainable Development.  A panel was brought together from a variety of different sectors and interests to assess government policy. As the chair, Huw Irranca-Davies, notes, the general conclusion from submissions to the Committee was that the government's record was 'mixed'.

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 16:00 to 17:15

The Sustainable Research Institute at the University of Leeds is hosting a joint seminar as part of its Sustainability Seminars programme.  Chaired by Dr Sally Russell, Associate Professor of Business, Organisations and Sustainability, in the seminar Dr Pablo Munoz will present his research focused on purpose-driven entrepreneurship, which explores the four themes of sustainable entrepreneurship, community enterprising, inclusive innovation and poverty alleviation, and sharing economy.

This report, produced in partnership with the Alliance for Useful Evidence and Sense About Science, sets out in detail their attempts to develop a framework for assessing Government departments’ use of evidence in policy-making – and why such an apparently easy task proved to be so difficult to put into practice. It explains the approach tested, namely a focus on evidence transparency as a first step to assessing the quality of evidence, and the framework that emerged from that testing.

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