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October 2022



envecon 2023: Date, Location, and Call for Papers

envecon 2023 will take place on Friday, 24 March, 2023. The event will return to the Royal Society to be in-person for the first time since 2020. There will also be an option to attend and interact online. Details of tickets and fees will be announced soon.

For now, please continue to submit your work for consideration by following the instructions that can be found on this page

We are very much looking forward to seeing you in person and interacting with you online again, next March.


Spotlight on the Climate Change Committee - Reports and Progress Snapshot

In recent weeks, three announcements from the UK Climate Change Committee have caught our eye: 

Report: Voluntary Carbon Market and Offsetting

  • Released today, October 13

  • Assesses risks and opportunities in voluntary carbon markets and offsetting

  • Recommends moderated use of high-integrity nature-based, biological, and engineered solutions and regulation to improve integrity of credits

  • Warns that using offsets instead of direct emissions reduction and inadequate offsets could slow progress to net zero.

Report: Overheating Risk in existing UK Homes

  • Released October 4

  • Appraisal of current and future overheating risks to UK housing stock

  • 55% of UK housing already fails bedroom overheating criteria

  • At 2 degrees warming, this is 100% outside of Scotland

  • Retrofitting is required at a large scale, will take time, and has significant costs.

Progress Snapshot: UK Net Zero 

  • Released October 7

  • Current plans make the UK is unlikely to meet Net Zero by 2050

  • Plans are credible for most of electricity supply and transport, significant risks remain for most sectors, and plans are insufficient for agriculture and land use

  • The Government's Net Zero Strategy, released in July, made no improvements to the assessment.


A Conversation on the Economics of Energy, Climate and Nature Crises with Prof. Paul Ekins OBE and Tom Burke

The public discourse in the UK has focused on the cost of living and energy crises. Rapid and controversial measures have been taken in the Chancellor’s mini-budget. The implications for the nature and climate crises are not discussed as much as they should be.

To discuss what our profession can offer we will be joined by Prof Paul Ekins OBE and Tom Burke, who will bring their decades of experience advising and campaigning for better integrated economy, environment, and energy policies. Following introductions, the webinar will be an open conversation chaired by Ece Ozdemiroglu and including questions and comments from the audience.

For more information, and to register, click here.

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