UCL Green Economy Policy Commission 

Greening the Recovery report cover

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commission, led by Professor Paul Ekins, brings together a diverse group of academics with expertise in economics, the built environment, engineering, political science, innovation, and resource efficiency to consider how the UK might implement policies that will support a 'green economy' - that is, an economy which is low-carbon, resource-efficient, and supports a healthy, diverse environment and a high quality of life. By adopting multiple perspectives and a range of expertise, the Commission seeks to explore the frameworks and high-level policy approaches by which the Government could pursue a green economy and ensure the UK's international competitiveness in terms of innovation and infrastructure development. The Commission has also engaged politicians, policy-makers and business representatives in its discussions.

The Commission concludes that: a new information system on material and resource use in the economy is needed; that the development of infrastructure to support the deployment of low-carbon technology should be a priority; that Government has an important role in driving green innovation through an active green industrial strategy; and that a clear long-term pathway should be set to encourage business investment in the green economy. As the UK starts to show signs of economic recovery, the time is right for government to accelerate that recovery by setting out a coherent economic strategy for the 21st century, one rooted in resource efficiency, climate stability and environmental quality.

Read the Commission's final report.

Order a copy of the report.

Watch a video of the launch event.

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UCL Green Economy Policy Commission activity

  • Read Paul Ekins' comment piece for The Conversation here.
  • Jonathon Porritt, Commission Member and Founding Director of Forum for the Future, blogs on the report here
  • A short film on the UCL Green Economy Policy Commission is available.
  • Greening the Recovery is reported on Why Green Economy? and Click Green
  • The Green Economy Policy Commission was presented at the three main party conferences in autumn 2013. Will McDowall (Senior Adviser to the Commission) offers his reflections on the Liberal Democrat party conference - and sharing a platform with Secretary of State Vince Cable - here.
  • Professor Paul Ekins (Chair of the Commission) has written a piece for Left Foot Forward setting out the route to a green economy - read it here.

The Commission core group

Paul Ekins photo Paul Ekins (Chair) - Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy and Director, UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources
Michelle Baddeley photo Michelle Baddeley - Professor in Economics and the Built Environment, UCL Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management
Francesca Medda photo Francesca Medda  - Professor in Transport and Infrastructure Studies, UCL Civl, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
Will McDowall photo Will McDowall (Senior Special Adviser) Research Associate in Bioenergy and Hydrogen, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
Lars Nesheim photo Lars Nesheim - Reader in Economics, UCL Economics
Tom Burke photo Tom Burke, Visiting Professor, Centre for Law and the Environment, UCL Laws
Michael Jacobs photo Michael Jacobs - Visiting Professor, UCL School of Public Policy
Jonathon Porritt photo Jonathon Porritt, Honorary Professor, Office of the Vice-Provost (Research)
Dimitri Zenghelis photo Dimitri Zenghelis - Co-Head, Policy, LSE Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Further information

For further information, please contact Sarah Chaytor, Head of Public Policy, UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Research). 

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