UEA Lecture - The Inclusive Growth Story of the 21st Century: The Drive to the Zero-Carbon Economy
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Nicholas Stern (The London School of Economics and Political Science).
The world economy will likely double in around two decades. And the world’s infrastructure will likely double a little more rapidly than that. At the same time to deliver on the Paris agreement, emissions will have to be cut sharply by 40% or more in that period. And the world will have to achieve net zero emissions within 50 years (with still stronger ambition if the target is set to 1.5oC). It is clear therefore, that the next two decades are critical for the sustainability of lives and livelihoods on the planet. However, the rapid change that we require can be the engine of inclusive growth and poverty reduction over these coming decades. It can be a growth story full of discovery, innovation, investment and inclusion. And embody much more attractive ways to live and work. This lecture/seminar will describe the urgency and magnitude of the challenge, discuss some of the key policies and actions, and show how the great opportunities offered by this transition can be taken.