Economics

Our Economics Group aims to influence economic debate in Scotland, bringing the environment and wellbeing into discussions.

Background 

Over the last decade, LINK members have become increasingly aware of the importance of engaging in economic debates as environmental objectives and concerns have often been side-lined by economic policies. In 2011, LINK established its Economics Group which aims to influence the economic debate in Scotland.

Current focus

The Economics Group delivers our circular economy project, A circular economy for a fairer footprint, supported by Friends Provident Foundation. This project is campaigning for a strong circular economy bill – we need to re-programme our economy to extract less from the planet, re-use what we have taken and regenerate our natural systems.

The Economics Group has a number of active members, a full list is shown below.

Convener

Matthew Crighton, Friends of the Earth Scotland

Vice-convener

Bruce Wilson, Scottish Wildlife Trust

Staff Liaison

Phoebe Cochrane

Previous work

In 2012, LINK commissioned a report to articulate the network’s position with regard to its view of a successful Scotland. The report, Environment and the economy, helping Scotland to flourish challenges the Scottish Government regarding its emphasis on sustainable economic growth and GDP. In 2013, LINK was successful in getting funding for a three year project, the Flourishing Scotland Project.

The Flourishing Scotland Project  focussed on the then review of the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework and promoting alternative metrics to GDP. The project also developed a narrative on the environment and the economy, engaged in the development of the Scottish Government’s Circular Economy Strategy, and organised thought events about transitioning to a low carbon and sustainable economy.

Latest News

How Scotland can reform its economy to work for people and planet

16 Dec 2021

Plans for a National Strategy for Economic Transformation will have to be bold and radical if it is to protect people and the planet. So far, the signs aren’t encouraging. How many people know that a National Strategy for Economic Transformation is being prepared for Scotland?  Probably precious few, outside of policy wonk circles and […]

Goodbye to single-use plastic cutlery and plates

12 Nov 2021

Yesterday legislation[1] was laid in parliament which will see Scotland ban some of the most environmentally damaging single-use plastic items – those that are often seen on beaches and littered in our environment.  This ban will come into effect in July 2022 and covers single-use plastic cutlery, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks; and […]

Wiser use of materials holds the key to mitigating climate change

14 Jul 2021

Scottish Environment LINK and Stop Climate Chaos Scotland recently held an event to discuss the role of material use in mitigating climate change.  The event was organized as part of LINK’s Circular economy for a fairer footprint project, which is campaigning for comprehensive and cross-cutting policies to make our economy more circular. There has been […]

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A circular economy for a fairer footprint

This three year project, which started in May 2018, aims to reduce our consumption of planetary resources.

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