RR9: Economic Development and Climate Change

24th April 2007.

The recently published Stern Review has set out a key challenge for central and local government in terms of the economic impact that climate change will have on the local, national and global economy. As such, the purpose of this research is to identify to what extent the Stern Review and mitigation of the effects of climate change are influencing or should influence economic development activity in the UK, at the national, local and regional level

This research assesses the strategic lead played by economic development departments on climate change strategies, and wider corporate environmental sustainability policies. It is also designed to assess the extent to which economic development departments are involved in taking action to reduce the impact of climate change on business activity as well as highlighting and promoting the economic benefits that can be gained from taking action, e.g. resource consumption and developing new energy technologies.