Published: 1st Aug 2019

The UK should introduce a Sustainable Economy Act so that the country can become environmentally sustainable, a think tank has said. A new discussion paper by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) argues that the UK needs a new economic model to bring its activity within sustainable limits if it to tackle climate change. The IPPR said the act will help the UK reduce its ‘full range of environmental impacts’ and not just greenhouse gas emissions, to ensure the country stays fit for the future. Laurie Laybourn-Langton, IPPR associate fellow and lead author of the paper, said: ‘The Climate Change Act and the UK’s target of net zero decarbonisation by 2050 effectively places a greenhouse gas constraint on the economy. It is vital that similar constraints are extended to all the areas of environmental breakdown. A Sustainable Economy Act can do this. ‘We urgently need to rethink economics so … (To read the full article, subscribe below)