The Next Frontier of Climate Policy (NFCP)
2020- 2021


The Next Frontier of Climate Policy is a research project that examines international flows of embodied carbon and the role of international trade in shaping climate impacts, especially in relation to labour rights and working conditions. It focuses on three national contexts, the UK, Bangladesh and Cambodia. Each of these contexts is intended to provide insights and generate impact in relation to one dimension.

The case study of Bangladesh will provide the opportunity to explore the practice of brick exportation whilst drawing public policy attention to the issues of embodied emission in the construction section. The project highlights the growing importance of this phenomenon and it’s implications for SDG 8 in relation to labour rights and decent work, SDG 11 on sustainable cities and communities, and SDG 13 on climate action. It demonstrates how climate change and trade intersect as a threat multiplier amongst those experiencing vulnerability and poverty. It brings into wider attention that brick production in each of these countries characterised by high levels of emission, local environment degradation and abuses of labour rights, ultimately aiming towards a completely new way of policy thinking on the interface of climate change, poverty and trade. The research is supported by Royal Holloway College, University of London.

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