Delivering an equitable net zero transition

Think tank: IPPR

Author(s): Luke Murphy; Joshua Emden

October 11, 2021

This report from UK think tank IPPR looks at broadening the decarbonisation debate to involve anti-poverty groups and perspectives.

The distributional impacts of climate change policies are a growing part of the debate on decarbonisation as the discussion has shifted from ‘whether’ we transition to the ‘how’. However, there is a need to broaden these debates beyond green and environmental perspectives and to involve anti-poverty groups and perspectives. IPPR, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) and the Zero Carbon Campaign (ZCC) have been working together to help bridge this gap, holding three workshops in August and September 2021 to explore the risks and benefits of decarbonisation and the potential impacts of the net zero transition on those living in poverty. This briefing provides a summary of these workshops, where IPPR brought together organisations focused on addressing the climate and nature crises and anti-poverty groups to help create a shared understanding of the poverty and inequality risks that could arise from the transition, as well as the potential benefits and opportunities for those on low incomes. The workshops explored three areas – transport, homes, and food.