Blogs: Environment

Economies are reliant on the resources provided by the natural environment and yet, left unchecked, economic development can lead to its irreversible destruction. We can help you understand economic dependency on the environment and the impact of economic growth on the natural world around us.

Investing for sustainable growth

Andrew Sentance argues that to achieve a net zero economy by 2050 the UK government must invest now.
The economic model that has developed in the UK and other major economies over the past 250 years of industrialisation and economic development is heavily dependent on the burnin…

Climate change and financial risk: how economic models can help

In a series of speeches for the Bank of England, Mark Carney warned firms and investors that they must adapt to climate risks.
Sophie Heald, our Sustainable Investment lead, explains how models can be used to help quantify these risks.
The last decade was the warmest ever. In r…

Carbon-neutral steel-making: is it a possibility?

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Quite literally, steel is the backbone of a modern society. Unfortunately, the production of steel contributes significantly to human-made climate change.

It is very unlikely society will cease to demand steel, so it is important to figure out how the iron and steel industry c…

The impact of a carbon tax in the USA

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Carbon taxes have largely failed to gain traction in the United States, despite being a key requirement for rapid decarbonisation at a local, state or national level.
Policymakers and voters have declined to endorse them, concerned about costs to consumers and negative impacts o…

Green Growth versus Degrowth: lessons from our modelling

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Is it really possible to keep on consuming more and more, while still respecting societal and environmental boundaries?
Will the future be one of green growth (the economy grows while resource use falls) or degrowth (economic growth is constrained in order to reduce environment…