Research and Resources

Explore sustainability-related research and resources here, including recently released reports, journal articles, online tools and databases. Use the left sidebar to filter resources by theme.

This European Environment Agency report explores the circular economy from a product perspective, applying a systemic approach and transition theory. Drivers of product design and usage are discussed in the context of emerging consumption trends and business models. For governance to be effective, it has to address the product life-cycle and the societal context determining it. Indicators and assessment tools are proposed that can help fill the current data and knowledge gaps.

Global trends in renewable energy

By Robert Lyons on 25th April 2017

A new report for UN Environment’s Economy Division finds that wind, solar, biomass and waste-to-energy, geothermal, small hydro and marine sources added 138.5 gigawatts to global power capacity in 2016, up eight per cent from the 127.5 gigawatts added the year before. The added generating capacity roughly equals that of the world's 16 largest existing power producing facilities combined. Investment in renewables capacity was roughly double that in fossil fuel generation.

This report sets out the work done by the committee, an independent advisory to government, since March 2016. It also makes a series of recommendations to government on developing the 25 year environment plan.

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New research published by the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) shows the huge potential of the Green Belt in terms of amenity and nature conservation.

CPRE is calling on the Government to prioritise investment in Green Belts in the forthcoming 25-year plan for the environment and make sure Green Belt protection is enforced.

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A new report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation argues that by embarking on a circular economy transformation, India could create direct economic benefits for businesses and citizens while reducing negative externalities. Having experienced sustained and rapid growth over the past two decades, India is facing a rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, with the associated negative externalities that this entails. Yet this scenario is not inevitable, as the country can pre-empt linear lock-ins.

CUSP has launched its Working Paper Series with two publications from Tim Jackson et al.

A new report, published by the Global Green Growth Institute, in association with the International Institute for Environment and Development and the Green Economy Coalition, suggests that most green growth efforts to date have focused on the economy and the environment but that for it to fulfil its promise, it needs to focus on people – to tackle the poverty, inequality and exclusion that constrain both growth and environmental sustainability, to realise women’s and men’s aspirations and to gain broad societal support. 

Green Alliance’s new report examines the state of the mobile market, which is stagnating, due in part to the slowing pace of innovation in mobile phones over the past few years, with new devices taking much longer to become functionally obsolete.  This is resulting in the emergence of a new mobile market, based on capturing the value that exists in older devices.  This circular market is poised to grow, with resale estimated to grow four to five times faster than the growth in the overall smartphone market in 2016. 

A new report by Green Alliance shows how ambitious circular economy measures could bring over 270,000 unemployed people in Italy, Poland and Germany back into work, thus saving at least €3 billion in unemployment costs.

‘Five headline indicators of national success’

By Robert Lyons on 4th November 2015

A recent report by the New Economics Foundation calls on the Office for National Statistics to adopt new headline measures of national success in the UK. The report highlights how the single measure of GDP has come to be treated as shorthand for overall success, creating a strong incentive for policy-makers to pursue short-term economic growth over and above all other goals.

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