Smart and green

Joining up digital and environmental priorities to drive the UK’s economic recovery
Smart and green
Digital technologies can help to cut environmental impacts and improve business performance at the same time, but government strategies have so far failed to link these agendas, with the risks that business will miss the opportunity to futureproof their investments and might fall behind in global low carbon markets.  

The final report from our Tech Task Force sets out the opportunities for accelerating digital solutions to support a green economic recovery.

Press release: 'The government’s Industrial Strategy should be harnessing the power of digital tech to drive a green economy, says report'

Read the report

Rewilding on Knepp Estate

An interview with Charlie Burrell
Rewilding on Knepp Estate

As the coronavirus pandemic and climate crisis grab the headlines, the alarming rate of nature loss in the UK and the impact it is having is slipping under the radar.

Listen to our fascinating interview with Charlie Burrell, the former chair of Rewilding Britain and the owner of Knepp Estate on how the rewilding of Knepp has turned it from a struggling intensive farm with very little biodiversity into a place where business is booming and nature is flourishing.

Listen to this podcast 
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Added value

How to make VAT work better for the environment
Added value
VAT is encouraging some activities that damage our environment, make us unhealthy and suppress job creation. This is the opposite of what the UK needs to recover from the pandemic.

We propose three changes to VAT around buildings renovation, repairing products and household energy that would not only benefit the environment, but also have wider social and economic benefits.

Press release: 'End £2bn VAT subsidy on gas, which benefits well off, to fund warm homes for poorer households, report says' 

Read the report


 

Making a 2030 phase out possible

New briefing from Green Alliance and Greenpeace
Making a 2030 phase out possible

A ban on the sale of all new internal combustion engine and hybrid cars and vans from 2030 is the single most important measure the government can take to get the UK on track to meeting its existing carbon targets.

Read our analysis of different phase out dates and what supporting policy is needed to make a 2030 phase out possible.

This briefing was written with Greenpeace.
Find out more about our Cutting Carbon Now project.

Cutting Carbon Now

Cutting Carbon Now
Cutting Carbon Now is our project advocating immediate action across the UK economy to drastically reduce the UK’s contribution to climate change as the UK emerges from the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The government must be bold and ambitious as it leads us to recovery. We believe the UK can build back better by investing in resource efficient and low carbon industries and the skills needed to support them, ensuring a green and just recovery from Covid-19.

Read about our work on Cutting Carbon Now 

 

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