UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


UCL ISR Seminar: The politics of carbon inequality

26 April 2017, 5:30 pm–7:30 pm


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UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources – UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Room G01, Central House, 14 Upper Woburn Place, London, WC1H 0NN

Research by Oxfam and French economists Thomas Piketty and Lucas Chancel indicates that there are significant differences between personal carbon footprints within many countries. They suggest that the richest 1% of people in a range of countries, including the United Kingdom, have large per capita carbon footprints compared to the rest of the population.

What are the policy implications of this carbon inequality given that the UK has committed to reducing national greenhouse gas emissions through the Climate Change Act and the Paris agreement? Dario Kenner will discuss why targeted policies are needed to reduce the environmental impact of the richest people at a time of extreme economic inequality.

About the speaker

Dario Kenner is an independent researcher who launched whygreeneconomy.org in 2013 as a space to share ideas on the policies that should be adopted to address climate change and biodiversity loss. He is a Visiting Fellow at the Global Sustainability Institute at Anglia Ruskin University. He is the author of the working paper The inequality of overconsumption: The ecological footprint of the richest. His latest blog on this subject covers the politics of carbon inequality.

Booking information

We expect this event to be extremely popular, and places will be on a first come first served basis. If you are no longer able to attend please email sustainable-resources@ucl.ac.uk.

The presentation will promptly start at 5:30pm and will be followed by drinks and nibbles.

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