Economics to support climate policy
The GEN 2021 conference will be held on 25 February at Te Papa, Wellington
GEN2021’s theme is Economics to support climate policy – a contemporary topic given the Climate Change Commission consultation will be underway on its proposed first package of advice on what climate action could look like in Aotearoa. Following the CCC’s final advice, the Government will set 5-yearly emissions budget and a plan for how the budgets’ emission reductions will be achieved. This policy work will need to be underpinned by rigorous economic analysis and will cover many aspects of government policy: economic strategy, economic development, sector-specific policy (including agriculture, transport, industrial processing, electricity generation) – work on the government’s plan will already be spanning many government agencies.
The conference will hear from international academic experts (zooming in), specialist economic consultants and academics proving advice to government agencies here in New Zealand, and will also spotlight work underway across NZ’s government agencies.
An afternoon session will focus on how to incentivise demand-side drivers of change: what can government do to support increasing consumer demand for low emission products? The inaugural Dr Ed Hearnshaw prize aligns with this topic: the prize will be awarded at GEN2021.
GEN will update this page with further programme details in late 2020, and will update the GEN mailing list when conference registrations open.
We’re delighted to announce Professor Michael Grubb as our GEN2021 keynote speaker. Michael is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London’s Bartlett School Environment, Energy & Resources, previously University of Cambridge, and author of the seminal book Planetary Economics book. The book reviews the development of economic thought and towards climate policy, and argues an important reason for inadequate progress lies fundamentally in the lack of integration between different schools of thought and policy prescriptions. Michael will discuss his four policy pillars, across distinct domains of socio-economic progress, designed to support effective and more comprehensive climate policy design.