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Fiscal Approaches to Driving the Circular Economy

I had the honour of addressing the Baltic Sea Action group on the opportunities to drive the circular economy using fiscal instruments.

The main thread of my presentation was the work done with the Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation on the nutrients phosphorus and nitrogen from field to plate to field and the framework of the fiscal and economic realities affecting decisions at each step.

If you take a step back to see the whole chain, you realise that no-one wants to be counter-sustainable, but from each person’s viewpoint they must make economic decisions for the domain they are responsible for.

By going as far up the supply chain as possible, it is possible to add dividend-bearing surcharges to existing levies that stimulate a circular economy.

You can view and download the slides here

To view the whole presentation see the youtube clip below.

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Speaking of Sustainability in the Future Perfect

Reflections on  experiences at this year’s Future Perfect festival, designed to bring together sustainability thinkers and doers…

The Future Perfect Festival, held on the Stockholm archipelago Island of Grinda,  wrapped up recently. The event, now in its third year, is designed to provide a space for those engaged emotionally and professionally in sustainability; a space where they can gather, engage in dialogue and co-create.

Future Perfect, the brainchild of John Manoochehri, is a unique kind of festival, and it is badly needed. Even if, like myself, you are engaged in sustainability on an almost daily basis, the topic is far too wide for any one mind to take in. We need to listen to each others perspective. If we as a species are going to successfully transition away from the present counter-sustainable culture we live in we need to do it together. This means talking, listening to each other, sparking ideas off each other, trying ideas out, coming up with ideas together, and developing our perspective by reflecting in the company of those who both agree and disagree with us. Read More…

Sustainable Economic Growth Presentation

På Svenska

Den 16 april samlades 300 personer på Folkets Hus i Stockholm på Stora Tillväxtdagen, som arrangerades för fjärde gången. Cirka 500 personer följde också konferensen via livesändning på webben. Under dagen varvades övergripande utmaningar med ny fakta och konkreta tips på hur vi alla kan bidra till en hållbar utveckling. Stephen Hinton presenterade  TSSEF’s (The Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation) ekonomiska styrmedels mekanismer.

In English

On  April 16, 300 gathered at the Folket’s Hus conference center  in Stockholm for the “Economic Growth Day”,   held for the fourth time. About 500 people followed the conference via live streaming on the web. During the day,  challenges, new facts and practical tips were presented on we all can contribute to sustainable development. Stephen Hinton presented, TSSEF’s (The Swedish Sustainable Economy Foundation) economic control mechanism for control of pollutants.

Presentation in Swedish: which future are we preparing for?

In English

This presentation was prepared for Swedish municipal school accommodation planners, and presented at the launch of a new, sustainable range of school buildings by the company CRAMO.

På svenska

En powerpoint from mötet med kommun folk som ansvarar för byggnader för förskolor och andra skolor. Presentationen pratar om fur vi måste planera för framtiden med mindre tillgång på energi och vad det kan innebär.