DATE: Thursday 14 November 2013, 9.30-13.00
VENUE: European Parliament, Brussels, Room ASP 1G3
What could be key factors and dynamics for decoupling economic growth from our ecological footprint in the case of energy and climate change? Given the radical uncertainty about the future of economic growth, how to pursue well-being, design employment policies, pension and health systems and fight inequalities without relying on growth?
To answer all these questions, the Greens/EFA Group decided to commission a study to the research institutes IDDRI (Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations) and CIRED (Centre International de Recherche sur l’Environnement et le Développement). The aim was to deepen and nuance the reflection around the future of economic growth and the state of resources, but also to discuss the conditions required to free socio-economic policy making from GDP growth.