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Manifesto based on “Junglenomics” for an Environment-Saving Economics Revolution (Draft)

Simon Lamb, Park, Broadwindsor, Dorset, DT8 3QT. 07785-757034

Author of “Junglenomics: Nature’s solutions to the world environment crisis: a new paradigm for the twenty-first century and beyond”


National Action

       Business & Industry

  1. Universal Environmental Accounting. Introduce environmental accounting for all businesses and public bodies to formalize the Bloomberg/Carney “Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures” (TCFD), and to provide comprehensive national inventories of all pollutive emissions, environmentally degrading and wildlife destructive processes and practices
  2. Create a national database of environmental impacts. Use environmental accounting inventories to create a national database of all negative human impacts on the environment, upon which to base the following policies and initiatives. Also to facilitate a bespoke national environment advisory service for business to help fast-track a green economy, and ensure that all new businesses include potential taxation on their external costs in their profit projections
  3. Facilitate Clean Business Adaptation. Establish Business Environmental Adaptation Trust Funds by way of annual levies on environmentally damaging businesses, held in Trust and available for draw-down to adapt to more environmentally friendly processes, and to develop more environmentally benign products

Greenhouse Gases, Air Pollution and Climate Change Mitigation

  1. Establish the principle of ‘environmental neutrality’. Replace the concept of “carbon neutrality” with “environmental neutrality” to help focus efforts on minimising, mitigating and avoiding all external environmental costs (“emissions externality accounting”)
  2. Speed up the reduction of noxious emissions. Raise levies on continuing environmentally damaging emissions. Ringfence the proceeds through Environmental Adaptation Trust Funds (see 3 above) to i) subsidise benign substitutes and alternatives, and ii) develop and deploy new technology to minimise the escape of harmful substances into the environment and to pressurise businesses to depart from business as usual as rapidly as possible
  3. Increase business symbiosis. Incentivise, facilitate and reward businesses to develop or relocate in clusters to achieve symbiotic cost synergies and reduce environmental footprints
  4. Roll out widespread Carbon Capture & Storage. Fund the rapid development and deployment of CCS, carbon absorption and carbon negative processes in high emission industries (such as concrete and steel manufacture) via CCS Investment Bonds (see 22 below)
  5. Revise carbon offsets. Re-assess and revise carbon offset tree-planting and rewilding schemes at home and abroad to ensure that only those that create species-rich diversity or restore already depleted ecosystems with appropriate species in appropriate regions, and that are permanently protected from commercial exploitation (i.e. re-wilded in perpetuity).
  6. Fast-track low emission vehicle development & deployment. Close the price gap incrementally by introducing graduated vehicle purchase levies on vehicle manufacturers based on carbon/pollution and component manufacturing outputs, ring-fenced to subsidise the development and prices of new and existing clean energy vehicles
  7. Expand rail freight facilities. Create a national network for roll-on, roll-off container rail freight combined with distribution hubs for local delivery by electric-powered vehicles. Where viable create additional railway lines next to existing ones, and create a commission to explore the reopening of “Beeching Cut” lines to reinvigorate local economies and remove freight and passengers from roads.
  8. Fast-track low emissions air travel. Introduce air-fare levies based on the pollutive output per journey of flights, ring-fenced to subsidise the faster development of a new generation of low emissions aircraft and fund R&D and market entry for alternative green aero fuels (such as fuel from waste), exempting non-business fares to economies whose conservation funding and jobs depend on tourism
  9. Discourage unnecessary business air travel. Introduce substantial flight levies on business fares to conferences, ring-fenced for the development and operation of sophisticated and secure virtual conference platforms
  10. Develop freight airships. Subsidise research & development of airships for freight transportation and fast-track its deployment
  11. Improve shipping emissions. Substantially reduce shipping emissions by incentivising ships (which carry 90%. of world trade) to slow their speeds by 20% from 2012 levels
  12. End the use of bunker fuel by shipping. Introduce strong dis-incentives for ships to use low-grade bunker fuel via emissions levies ring-fenced to subsidise 14 above
  13. Fast-track low emissions technology for ship propulsion. Develop and deploy hybrid onboard wind propulsion, conversion to natural gas, and to install emissions scrubbers
  14. Enforce shore power facilities & use for shipping. Make electric shore-power mandatory for shipping at all ports to avoid auxiliary engine use
  15. Fast-track the evolution of green energy. Accelerate green energy substitution and battery storage technology (wind/solar/wave) by increasing subsidies funded from carbon intensive energy generation levies, while steadily and significantly reducing oil tax subsidies (currently some $6tn pa worldwide) and accelerating R&D.
  16. Ban CCS-free fracking, and involve local democracy in planning decisions. Abandon plans for fracking unless served by Carbon Capture and Storage facilities, and add CCS facilities to existing plants funded from CCS Bonds. Allow local democracy to control planning permissions
  17. Revolutionize carbon Cap-and-Trade. Introduce an annually rising carbon price floor for carbon Cap-and-Trade markets, along with a carbon tax along the lines of the proposed US scheme (which returns most proceeds to consumers to compensate for energy price rises