Is tackling the UK’s global environmental footprint the route to a more resilient, low carbon economy?

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23 February, 2021

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From the emissions generated by global supply chains, to harming the biodiversity of other countries, the consumption of internationally traded goods by the UK is responsible for a significant environmental footprint beyond the country’s borders.

However, as the UK develops policies to recover from the impacts of Covid-19 and meet its net zero emissions target, and sets up new trade relationships post-Brexit, there is a unique opportunity to promote more sustainable consumption patterns and investment in low carbon, nature friendly solutions along global supply chains.

This event explored the environmental and economic implications of the UK’s current consumption patterns, and ways in which the country could futureproof its economy by tackling its global environmental footprint.


Caterina Brandmayr (chair)

Head of climate policy

Mary Kinyua

Chair, Fairtrade Africa

Cathryn Higgs

Head of food policy, The Co-op

Joanna Macrae

Co-head, international forests, agriculture and land use, Defra

Jo Blackman

Head of forests policy and advocacy, Global Witness

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