Paul Ekins discusess the what, why and how of the global green growth movement.
The conference combines elements of both the Long Finance and
Grand Challenges agendas to focus on how to address development challenges in
straitened economic times. It draws particularly on the themes of the
Green Growth and Global Health challenges. The event provides a platform
for informed and robust discussion to highlight the most important issues and
to offer possible solutions that can have an impact at a policy level.
We consider how the challenge of achieving sustainable
global prosperity impacts on developing nations, extending the discussion
around sustainable growth beyond the economic issues of GDP and a low-carbon
economy and engaging with some of the fundamental questions concerning societal
infrastructure, what prosperity means and how we can evaluate and measure
wellbeing in a meaningful way.
For download and transcript versions of this lecture, please visit the event's page on the Gresham College website: Measures Beyond Money.
Professor Paul Ekins
Paul Ekins PhD, MSc (Econ), MPhil (Peace Studies), BSc (Eng) has a
PhD in economics from Birkbeck College, and a BSc in electrical engineering
from Imperial College (both University of London). He is Professor of Energy
and Environment Policy at the UCL Energy Institute, University College London.
He is a Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Energy
Systems theme, and also leads UCL’s involvement in large research consortia on
Bioenergy and Hydrogen. He is also Chairman of the National Industrial
Symbiosis Programme (NISP), the UK’s
most effective initiative at promoting resource efficiency in industry, and the
Director of the UK Green Fiscal Commission, which is exploring the prospects
for and implications of large-scale environmental tax reform in the UK. He was a
Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution from 2002-2008 and,
from 2003-2007, was on the UK Government’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory
Board. He also has extensive experience consulting for business, government and
international organisations.In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for
outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment
Paul Ekins’ academic work focuses on the
conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy,
with a special focus on energy and climate policy, and the modelling of the
energy system; on innovation; on the role of economic instruments such as environmental
taxes; on sustainability assessment; and on environment and trade. He is the
author of numerous books, papers and articles on environmental taxation and
other sustainable development issues, including Economic Growth and
Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth (Routledge, London, 2000).