New markets for land and nature

How Natural Infrastructure Schemes could pay for a better environment
New markets for land and nature
Can natural markets benefit business and the environment?

Agriculture is under pressure to increase production, reduce its environmental impact and eliminate its dependence on public subsidy. Farmers are in a unique position to restore and protect the natural environment, but there is no commercial basis for the provision of natural services from farmland.

Our new report, in partnership with the National Trust, proposes a new payment mechanism, the Natural Infrastructure Scheme (NIS) to incentivise a new approach to land management.

New markets for land and nature: how Natural Infrastructure Schemes could pay for a better environment
Press release: 28 September 2016

Pledge for the Environment

Calling on MPs to commit to strong environment laws post-referendum
Pledge for the Environment
A coalition of the UK's leading environmental groups are calling on MPs to sign our ‘Pledge for the Environment’ to show their support for establishing the UK as a world leader on the environment following the EU referendum.

We are asking them to commit to match or exceed current environmental, wildlife and habitat protections, ratify the Paris agreement and to support farmers and landowners to deliver environmental benefits alongside a thriving farming sector.

Over 70 MPs have already added their names:

Read the pledge
 
 

Green Alliance's response to EU referendum result

Green Alliance's response to EU referendum result
In response to the UK’s decision to leave the EU, Matthew Spencer, director of Green Alliance, said:

“The nation is divided, and our environment is one of the few things left which we have in common. Britain will now have to create new national laws and stronger public institutions to fill the gaping holes that will be left as we jettison strong EU environmental agreements. The public did not vote for a race to the bottom, they will expect standards of environmental protection to be at least as strong in the UK as they are in France and Germany. We now need a plan from government to achieve that.”
 
We must now avoid a race to the bottom 
After the Brexit vote: what next for the UK's environment? 
News release 29 June 2016: Green Alliance's response to Amber Rudd speech
 

UK risks being left behind in world’s fast growing low carbon market

UK risks being left behind in world’s fast growing low carbon market
As the world transitions to a low carbon economy, is the UK losing its lead?

Once at the forefront of exporting low carbon services and expertise, major energy policy u-turns have reduced confidence in the UK’s domestic low carbon industries, which is having an impact on its global ranking and market share. 

This analysis from six of the UK’s leading development and environment organisations makes recommendations for how government can restore the country as a market leader.

Will the UK economy succeed in a low carbon world?

Press release: 9 June 2016


 

Circular economy opportunities for the smartphone industry

How the changing mobile market can benefit the environment
Circular economy opportunities for the smartphone industry
Our new analysis looks at the lifetimes of the mobile phones used by eight million of O2's customers and shows people are using their phones for longer.

This is good news for the environment: extending the life of smart devices can cut yearly emissions significantly, and schemes such as O2 Recycle allows O2 and their customers to capture the value from used devices.

We provide recommendations for how both businesses and government can help facilitate and scale up this circular model.

The end of the upgrade? How O2 is adapting to a more circular mobile market
Press release: 31 May 2016

 

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