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UCL Green Economy Policy Commission
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.
The Commission's final report will be launched in spring 2014.
The Green Economy Policy Commission was presented at the three main party conferences this autumn.
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
Professor Paul Ekins (Chair) - UCL Energy Institute / UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources
Will McDowall (Senior Adviser to the Green Economy Policy Commission) - UCL Energy Institute / UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources
Professor Michelle Baddeley - UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment
Professor Michael Jacobs - Visiting Professor, UCL School of Public Policy
Professor Jonathan Porritt - Honorary Professor, UCL Public Policy, Office of the Vice-Provost (Research); Forum for the Future
Dr Lars Nesheim - UCL Economics
Professor Tom Burke - Visiting Professor, UCL Centre for Law and the Environment; E 3G
Professor Francesca Medda - UCL Civl, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering)
Professor Slavo Radosevic - UCL School of Slavonic Studies and East European Studies
For further information, please contact Sarah Chaytor, Head of Public Policy, UCL Office of the Vice-Provost (Research).
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