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This policy brief, commissioned by the Wuppertal Institute, outlines various options for stabilising market prices so as to avoid a complete halt of the international carbon markets. A number of options to increase demand and restrict supply are presented, with a focus on options that have a short-term effect and can be implemented in a timely manner.

Defra has published this report on behalf of Government to provide an overview of what has been achieved so far in the move towards mainstreaming sustainable development. The report is intended to facilitate scrutiny of Government’s progress to date, and describes how Government continues to move towards fully embedding sustainable development in its policies and operations. It argues that solid foundations have been put in place to enable further improvement in this area. The report will likely be of interest to those with a concern for sustainability in Government, but also more widely.

Date and Time: 
Friday, June 14, 2013 - 09:30 to 13:00

The King’s Fund, London

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Thursday, July 18, 2013 - 09:30 to 17:30

University of Bristol, Bristol

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 - 09:00 to 16:30

Royal Society, London

This new report by the Committee on Climate Change highlights the importance of committing to the investment of low-carbon generation through the 2020s. The findings of the report indicate that the current high degree of uncertainty about development of the power system beyond 2020 threatens to undermine electricity market reform. Unless this is addressed, projects coming on to the system before 2020 are likely to be at high cost and there could be an investment hiatus for projects coming on after 2020.

Recommendations from the LOWCAP (Low Carbon Regions in the North Sea) project have now been published online. LOWCAP is a partnership of organisations from the UK, Germany, Belgium and Norway working together to deliver a common approach towards carbon reduction and energy efficiency within the North Sea Region. The report describes how translating EU-wide targets into practical initiatives which deliver real change is a major challenge for policy-makers on all policy levels.

This latest edition of Worldwatch Institute’s State of the World series explores the rhetoric surrounding sustainability, including how the term ‘sustainable’ has become so widely used that it has become ‘sustainababble’, at best indicating a slightly less damaging practice or product than the conventional alternative. Some of the questions asked in the book include: is it time to abandon the concept altogether, or is there an accurate way to measure sustainability? If so, how can it be achieved? And if not, how is best to prepare for the inevitable ecological decline?

This new report by The Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM) proposes a new paradigm for sustainable development in order to ‘avert environmental and subsequent social and economic collapse’. The report argues that the current emphasis on an integrated consideration of environmental, social and economic components of sustainability is undermined by poor decision making, weak governance and institutional frameworks. The resulting factor is the prioritisation of economic growth over environmental and resource conservation.