UCL Public Policy


Greening the Recovery: launch of the report of the UCL Green Economy Policy Commission

5pm, 24 February, 2014


The economic downturn and recent signs of recovery in the UK raises urgent questions about how we can move to a more stable form of growth that will be and sustainable over the long term. Reliance on unsustainable resources and an adherence to traditional forms of economic growth are placing the UK in a fragile position and undermining our capacity for leadership in innovation. Bold action is required to steer the UK towards a pathway of green growth and thus towards a green economy. 

The report of the UCL Green Economy Policy Commission argues that the time is right to move towards a green economy. It provides a synthesis of recent research and evidence in this area, and explores the high-level policies and frameworks necessary to achieve this, making a number of significant policy recommendations. This event will offer an opportunity to hear about the main findings and recommendations as well as a lively panel discussion focusing on some of the major challenges in achieving a green economy as well as considering the possible responses. 

Chaired by Gus O'Donnell, Visiting Professor, UCL Political Science and former Head of the Civil Service

Followed by a drinks reception


  • Professor Paul Ekins, Chair of the UCL Green Economy Commission and Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy
  • Steven Fries, Chief Economist, Department of Energy and Climate Change

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commision

The UCL Green Economy Policy Commission, chaired by Professor Paul Ekins, brought 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'. By applying knowledge and perspectives across disciplines, it seeks to offer a novel approach to a complex public policy challenge.

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