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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

IPPR’s Environmental Justice Commission

About the Commission

IPPR’s Environment and Justice Commission will respond to the challenges facing the UK by setting out an ambitious programme of reform, capable of tackling the dual problems of climate change and wider economic and social injustice. 

  • Set out the bold policy action required for the UK to deliver its contribution to tackle climate change and wider environmental breakdown, cutting emissions to net zero in an economically and socially just way.
  • Demonstrate how bold action can provide enormous benefits for communities, through the creation of green jobs, spreading prosperity and ensuring a just transition in the UK.  
  • Help build the public and political support required to deliver this ambitious programme of reform.
  • Provide the UK with a platform to demonstrate real leadership on the issues of climate change & just transition ready for the next Conference of the Parties (COP26) in 2020. 

The commission will look at how in practice the UK can deliver its contribution to tackling climate change and cutting emissions to net zero in an economically and socially just way. It will consider how to ensure a rapid and just transition for all through a green transformation of the entire economy, creating hundreds of thousands of good quality jobs and giving people real ownership of their futures in the process. The commission will consider the economic and social injustices associated with the issue including the disproportionate impact by, for example, gender, class and ethnicity. It will also examine the UK’s international responsibilities in tackling the accelerating climate crisis.

The commission will seek to engage with politicians and policymakers of all political parties, experts and academics, civil society, workers and trade unions, businesses and business groups, local government and communities, and climate activists. The commission will also seek the views of the public, using a participative model of engagement including the possible use of ‘citizens juries’.