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About GLOBE UK

GLOBE UK works with members from all parties to promote policy, legislation and understanding on the green economy and sustainable development with specific reference to climate change and energy, natural capital accounting, forests and the marine environment. The All Party Parliamentary Group for GLOBE UK is chaired Graham Stuart MP.

GLOBE UK work with members of the House of Commons and House of Lords to:

• Strengthen the role of UK legislators in policy and legislative development in the areas outlined above;
• Provide specific briefings and support to legislators to develop and advance environmental policy and legislation;
• Examine the role of environmental policy and legislation as a driver of long-term sustainable economic growth;
• Develop cross party support for policies that support the transition to a green economy;
• Examine the business and economic benefits of environmental policy and legislation; and
• Improve communication between legislators, scientists and economists on environmental issues.

GLOBE UK's current priorities are: natural capital accounting, climate change and energy, the green economy and global sustainable development. You can find out more about GLOBE UK's work in these areas here.

GLOBE UK also provides the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group for Biodiversity 

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Membership

Chair

Graham Stuart MP

Vice Chair

Lord Hunt of Chesterton

President

Lord Deben

Vice Presidents

Sir Malcolm Bruce MP
Zac Goldsmith MP
Lord Prescott
Baroness Worthington
Tim Yeo MP

Other Members


Peter Aldous MP
Henry Bellingham MP
Charles Hendry MP
Barry Gardiner MP
Lord Jay of Ewelme
Lord McFall of Alcluith
Lord Oxburgh
Laura Sandys MP
Lord Smith of Finsbury
Andrew Stunell MP
Joan Walley MP
Dr Alan Whitehead MP
Tim Yeo MP


Parliamentary membership of GLOBE UK is open to all members of the House of Commons and House of Lords. To find out more about how to join, click here.

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Work plan

GLOBE UK works with members from all parties to promote policy, legislation and understanding in each of the following areas:
  1. Natural Capital
  2. Climate Change and Energ
  3. Green Economy
  4. Global Sustainable Development
1. Natural Capital
 
The natural capital work programme is taking forward GLOBE UK's work under the GLOBE Natural Capital Initiative (GNCI). 
 
The objectives of the natural capital work programme are to:
  • Increase awareness and understanding in Parliament of natural capital accounting.
  • Examine the business and economic benefits of  natural capital accounting, including its potential to support the delivery of long-term sustainable economic growth.
  • Demonstrate that better policy can result from integrating the value of natural capital into government decision making. 
  • Improve communication between legislators, experts and other stakeholders on natural capital accounting.
  • Examine the political, social and economic risks and opportunities of natural capital accounting. 
  • Improve Parliamentary scrutiny of the Natural Capital Committee (NCC), including annual debates on the State of Natural Capital report and its role in policy appraisal.
  • Examine how natural capital accounting can help achieve public policy goals, including job creation and economic growth; mitigating and adapting to climate change; energy security; and health and wellbeing.
2. Climate Change and Energy
 
The climate change and energy work programme aims to ensure the UK has secure, clean, affordable energy supplies, takes action to mitigate and adapt to climate change and promotes international action to mitigate climate change.
 
The objectives of the climate change and energy work programme are to:
  • Establish a regular dialogue with the Department for Energy and Climate Change on the UK's international negotiating position in the run up to the UNFCCC 2015 deadline.
  • Organise regular briefings/debates for members of both Houses on specific issues related to the science of climate change, energy security and the economics of renewables.
  • Examine the ancillary benefits of climate change policy and legislation, including its potential to give the UK competitive advantage in the global market for low carbon goods and services.
  • Examine the effect of government policy on climate change mitigation and low carbon growth with particular reference to HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.
  • Increase awareness amongst members about the scale and scope of national legislation on climate change in major economies around the world.
  • Provide support to members to develop and advance relevant policy and legislation. 
3. Green Economy
 
The transition to a green economy will create economic opportunities for the UK - developing green technologies, sustainable innovation, sustainability skills and sustainable investment products - all of which can be instrumental in assisting emerging economies with the transition to a green economy. The objective of the green economy work programme is promote to the economic and business benefits of the transition to a green economy.
 
The objectives of the green economy work programme are to:
  • Improve awareness in Parliament of the size of the UK's environmental and low carbon goods and services sector.
  • Assert the economic and job creation opportunities the transition to a green economy creates. 
  • Demonstrate to members that the benefits of the transition green economy are real and additional; emphasising that the growth of the environmental industry is not at the expense of other sectors

 

4. Global Sustainable Development

 

The global sustainable development work programme examines how the UK supports sustainable development in developing countries, with specific reference to climate change adaptation, low carbon growth and natural capital.

 

 
To find out more about GLOBE UK's work in any of these areas, please email danny.stevens@globeinternational.org. 

 

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Parliamentary Groups

The All Party Parliamentary Group is a forum for Parliamentarians, senior policy makers, academics, leading industry figures, and other interested parties to discuss and promote policy, legislation and understanding about the importance of protecting biodiversity in the UK and abroad.

The group works with its members to:

  • Raise awareness in Parliament about the importance of biodiversity and the implications of its loss for the UK economy;
  • Highlight to Parliamentarians, including Ministers, the economic cost of the loss of biodiversity and the benefits of restoring the natural environment;
  • Increase awareness in Parliament of the business benefits of protecting biodiversity;
  • Demonstrate that better policy and decision making can result from integrating the natural environment and ecosystem services into government processes;
  • Scrutinise government policy proposals for their impact on biodiversity;
  • Demonstrate how effective protection and restoration of the natural environment can help achieve public policy goals;
  • Improve communication between legislators, opinion formers and other stakeholders on the protection and conservation of biodiversity;
  • Hold the government to account for the implementation of national and international policy and legislation;
  • Develop cross party support for policies and legislation that protect and restore biodiversity; and
  • Recommend to Government and Parliament solutions to protecting and restoring biodiversity.

To achieve this, the group:

  • Hosts a programme of high-level meetings/briefings at which Parliamentary and non-Parliamentary members can share ideas and discuss policy and legislative development with experts and relevant stakeholders.
  • Coordinates Parliamentary activity on relevant issues through seven Policy sub-Groups: natural capital accounting, farming and biodiversity, UK Overseas Territories, planning and local government, marine biodiversity, urban biodiversity and invasive non-native species.
  • Conducts research projects into key policy issues related to the protection and restoration of biodiversity in the UK and propose solutions to government, publishing at least one report per annum.
  • Provides members with regular briefings on relevant national and international policy developments.
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Upcoming events

If you are interested in attending any of the following events, please email danny.stevens@globeinternational.org.

Bio-security in the UK's Overseas Territories
Date: 3rd September 2013
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Venue: House of Commons
Speaker: Richard Benyon MP, Minister for Biodiversity

This event will be hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Biodiversity. To find out more about how to attend, email danny.stevens@globeinternational.org.

Invasive Non Native Species
Date: 17th October 2013
Time: 10am - 1pm
Venue: London Wildlife Trust and Wildfowl and Wetland Trust

This event will be hosted by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Biodiversity. To find out more about how to attend, email danny.stevens@globeinternational.org.

GLOBE UK International Climate Dialogue
Date: 31st October 2013
Time: 8.30am - 10am
Venue: House of Commons
Speaker: Pete Betts, Director of International Climate Change at the Department for Energy and Climate Change and the UK's lead climate negotiator.

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