This discussion paper begins by exploring the importance of engagement in terms of delivering public value. It considers the reasons why engagement is important, different types of engagement and the concept of engagement maturity.

It then puts forward Sustainability First’s ‘Essential Services Utopia’ proffering some key outcomes we should aspire to achieve in the water and energy sectors, and which engagement can play a key role in delivering. The paper then highlights 26 recommendations to maximise public value. There is much good work going on in this area but to really seize the ‘engagement opportunities’ available, we consider that decision makers should stand back and ask some fundamental questions about their approach.

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Sustainability First’s ‘Reconnecting’ exhibition at the Bermondsey Project Space, is about making connections to each other, nature and technology during the Covid-19 pandemic. The exhibition is split into two parts, featuring artworks by Hugo Lami, Sustainability First’s artist in residence at UK Power Networks (first floor), and shortlisted works from the Sustainability First Art Prize 2020 (ground floor and basement). Each showcase has a separate catalogue.


This catalogue covers a series of work by Hugo Lami, including an installation, photographs and sculptures that use e-waste to explore the interconnectedness of nature, technology, energy and life. By breaking down e-waste and putting it back together, Hugo’s work highlights the ways in which technology mimics nature and how the two are co-dependent.

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Sustainability First’s ‘Reconnecting’ exhibition at the Bermondsey Project Space, is about making connections to each other, nature and technology during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The exhibition is split into two parts, featuring artworks by Hugo Lami, Sustainability First’s artist in residence at UK Power Networks (first floor), and shortlisted works from the Sustainability First Art Prize 2020 (ground floor and basement). Each showcase has a separate catalogue.

This catalogue covers shortlisted and prizewinning works from the Sustainability First Art Prize 2020. Artists share their experiences of the Covid-19 pandemic and highlight that we cannot return to business as usual in our recovery.

 

A pro bono report for Sustainability First by Frontier Economics

This report provides a starting point for the development of a framework that considers the intergenerational effects of decarbonisation and climate adaptation policies, focusing on approach and appraisal (creating a comprehensive framework would require further development).

By understanding and articulating the long-term intergenerational benefits of environmental measures, policymakers can accelerate the rate at which these measures are realised, which will be central to delivering upon commitments of the Paris agreement as well as achieving successful outcomes for this year’s COP26.

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One of the challenges in tackling a long-term fundamental issue like climate change is to ensure that the approach taken is “fair” between current and future generations. To help us think about this we commissioned Frontier Economics on a pro bono basis to provide a framework for analysing the issue of intergenerational equity.

This Viewpoint summarises the key messages from that work as we see them, provides some of our own reflections building on the Frontier report and highlights where further work is required.

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This event looked at what the impacts of climate and environmental change are for communities in the UKVideo contributorsshared their lived experiences of the impacts of climate change, including flooding, air pollution, extreme storms and sea level rise. They spoke about the consequences for their communities and families, livelihoods, jobs, and health and wellbeing. The impacts of climate change are not a distant future, but a reality for people across the world and inthe UK today.   

The ideas in this document are those of the panellists and video contributors – full credit must be attributed to them. Find out more about the speakers at the end of this summary. 

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This Briefing summarises the latest research from Sustainability First’s major 3-year ‘Fair for the Future’ project. This project has mapped the disruptive landscape of risks and opportunities behind the case for public purpose orientated utilities and set out what companies need to do to move in this direction (including how progress can be measured) and the implications of this for policy and regulation in the energy, water and communications sectors. This Briefing is primarily focused on energy.

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How can we live more sustainably? This event explored the social and environment impacts of our actions as individuals and communities. It shared practical tips and ideas for living more sustainably as individuals, from cutting our carbon emissions to raising our voices on climate issues. It also looked at how we link these with wider systems changes and the actions needed by business and government to support this change.

The ideas in this document are those of the panellists and video contributors – full credit must be attributed to them. Find out more about the speakers at the end of this summary.

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