Not only can a low-carbon technology revolution help achieve climate change goals, it can also create new jobs, boost economic growth and help improve the lives of those currently deprived of access to energy.
Government action on climate change promises economic opportunity. The language of climate change policy has hitherto been largely negative, with wide use of such words as 'limitation', 'constraint' and 'reduction'. However, investing in new technology, stimulating new economic activity around a re-engineering of energy systems and growing new markets - all necessary to avoid climate catastrophe - will stimulate growth and offer new, skilled employment to workers.
This paper - the product of eight separate national studies conducted over recent months by each of the GCN's member institutes - provides a major fillip for climate optimism and positivism.
State of the North 2024: Charting the course for a decade of renewalThe North’s communities are ambitious for a better future, but face systemic and pronounced inequalities. Gaps in power, wealth, opportunity, and health result in shorter, sicker, less fulfilling lives.
No home left behind: Funding a just transition to clean heat in ScotlandHow can we ensure that investment in clean heating in Scottish homes drives a just transition, sharing costs and benefits fairly?
The asylum backlog: Job done?This blog post sets out how the department must now grapple with a new set of backlog challenges.