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The circular economy and the UK's Waste and Resource Strategy with Mary Creagh MP

Sustainability

Following a client breakfast, Practice Lead for Sustainability Elizabeth Beall sat down with Mary Creagh MP, Chair of the Environmental Audit Committee, to discuss the circular economy and the UK's Waste and Resource Strategy.

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Big Tech, digital competition and the new frontiers of energy policy

Energy & Commodities

Last week, the UK government’s Digital Competition Experts Panel published its report ‘Unlocking digital competition’, addressing the role and economic power of large tech firms. The report, also known as the Furman review after lead author Jason Furman, may not have been obvious reading for the energy sector on a day when the Chancellor announced several climate measures…

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Subprime Earth - who can rate carbon exposures?

Financial Services

I recently listened to a presentation by Al Gore on ‘Sustainable Capitalism and the Climate Crisis’ at Carne and Dechert’s Funds Congress. Gore highlighted the growing risk to financial markets from climate change. Like David Wallace-Wells (in his recent Uninhabitable Earth), he is not afraid of sounding apocalyptic.

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General Politics

Brexit and political risk for US investors

General Politics

UK: Global Counsel Senior Director Stephen Adams and Chief Economist Gregor Irwin discuss US investors' attitudes to Brexit, looking at challenges and opportunities for US investors in a post-Brexit UK, following Gregor's recent trip to North America.

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The Green New Deal raises the political stakes for businesses

Energy & Commodities

Global Counsel Senior Director, Stephen Adams and Practice Lead, Matt Duhan, discuss his recent blog on the implications of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's Green New Deal.

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The Green New Deal raises the political stakes for businesses

Energy & Commodities

New York congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (widely known as AOC), has once again captured headlines with a resolution in the House of Representatives calling on the US government to undertake a “10 year mobilization” to create a ‘Green New Deal’ (known by its own initials GND). Two weeks on and the resolution is now scheduled to go to the floor of the Senate where…

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Public health policy - the obesity debate

General Policy

Between 1993 and 2017, the percentage of overweight or obese adults in England has risen from 53% to 64%. While year on year increases have remained stable, it is an ever-growing area of concern as population health shifts from mortality to morbidity. Meaning that though life expectancy is increasing, so are the number of years spent in ill health. It is undeniably one of…

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General Politics

EU merger control and the industrial policy arms race

General Politics

French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, called this week for political oversight of the quasi-judicial commission merger control process, creating a new tool to help European industries compete internationally. With the European Parliament and European Commission entering a period of transition next month, national leaders will have space to set the agenda for an EU…

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General Politics

Unintended consequences of Italy’s fiscal reprieve

General Politics

Global Counsel Senior Director, Stephen Adams and Research Associate, Ana Martínez, discuss her recent blog about how the European Commission's decision to stop the EDP against Italy could affect the Netherlands

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General Politics

Unintended consequences of Italy's fiscal reprieve

General Politics

During the Eurogroup meeting on February 11th, the European Commission is expected to present a detailed account of its decision to halt the Excessive Deficit Procedure (EDP) against Italy. The back and forth between Brussels and Rome at the end of last year kept some of us at the edge of our seat. But the EDP was not only an existential crisis for Rome and the euro zone…

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General Politics

Corbyn, May and Brexit maths

General Politics

Global Counsel Senior Director Stephen Adams and Chief Economist Gregor Irwin discuss Gregor's latest blog, looking at where things currently stand in the UK's Brexit negotiation.

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Corbyn, May and Brexit maths: division or addition?

General Policy

We’ve now seen several votes in the House of Commons which are revealing about the appetite for rebellion on Brexit. Three stand out: the “meaningful vote” on January 15th; and the votes on the Brady and Cooper amendments two weeks later. The meaningful vote saw a record defeat for the government by a margin of 230, with 118 Conservatives rebelling against the party whip…

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General Politics

Why Iran might be Saudi Arabia’s best hope in 2019

General Politics

The last couple of months have been “suboptimal” for Saudi Arabia, to say the least. The Khashoggi murder has brought the leadership around the crown prince, Mohammad bin Salman under severe international and domestic pressure. Rumours of wider discontent with “MBS” were likely one reason why King Salman extended by another year costly household allowances at the expense…

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The economics of data

General Policy

Most assessments of the impact of AI on European labour markets conclude that it will have two key impacts: displacing human labour and driving productivity. In the long run, both of these effects can be positives. In the short run, they are likely to be disruptive and disorienting. The reach of automation into parts of the cognitive labour market that have heretofore…

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The Politics of AI

General Policy

What are the politics of artificial intelligence? What does it mean when we talk about regulating the actions of a machine that expresses intelligence?

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Information quality in the age of AI

TMT

The initial promise of the internet age was for a free and open space to exchange information. However the advent of algorithm-driven content raises important questions about what we see, how much we share a common information landscape and the reliability of what we rely on for news.

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Risks in AI: re-evaluating the regulatory rulebook

Financial Services

AI is already transforming the delivery of financial services. This is true both at the highly sophisticated end of the market, where firms make use of AI to execute high-frequency trading strategies and at the level of the individual retail investor, where AI can tailor and deliver financial “robo-advice” to consumers. Deferring to machine judgement and automation is by…

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AI and the transformation of European healthcare

General Policy

Healthcare systems across the OECD, whether publicly or privately funded, face a range of challenges that threaten their financial and operational sustainability. The demographic crunch is the backdrop to this. Life expectancy has risen inexorably over recent years, but quality of life has often failed to keep pace. More people are living longer, but frequently with…

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