Green shoots of a new kind of economy

Covid-19 has forced consumers to shop online, reduced the carbon footprint of employees with home working, and had a positive impact on the environment. Will these trends stick?

7th June, 2020
Green shoots of a new kind of economy
Dr Aideen O’Dochartaigh, postdoctoral research fellow at UCD’s College of Business. Picture: SON Photographic

We have been here before. Before the last recession, around 2007, there was a lot of talk about the green economy but it all fell silent in the fallout from the crash. It’s back but it’s different, because the impact of climate change is accelerating and there’s a growing sense that time is running out.

“The goalposts have changed because of climate breakdown and sustainability means something different now,” said...

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