Environment & Energy

  • Environment & Energy

    "Greener, Cheaper"

    Our vision is for climate and environment policies that are sustainable - achieving society’s environmental goals at least economic and social cost.

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  • Liz Truss launches National Pollinators Strategy

    In her first set-piece speech on the environment since taking office, DEFRA Secretary of State Liz Truss launched the National Pollinators Strategy - designed to revive bee and other pollinator populations - at Policy Exchange.

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    Liz Truss speech
  • Green Society

    Green Society highlights the importance of parks and other urban green spaces to the social and economic wellbeing of the country and sets out new ways to improve the UK's local green spaces in the face of local authority spending cuts. The paper makes a wide range of proposals including the idea of a full or partial council tax rebate for local residents who volunteer to maintain and improve nearby green spaces. Read report

    Parks
  • Getting Interconnected

    Getting Interconnected shows that interconnectors could save British consumers as much as £1bn a year, as well as allowing access to zero-carbon electricity. The report calls for overseas generators to be allowed to compete for government subsidy in the new capacity market and endorses ways to ensure that revenue supports development of new interconnector links.

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    Interconnectors
  • Greener, Cheaper blog

    Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy team have started a new blog. The blog's aim is to highlight good research, point out idiocy in the debate and point out where the consensuses are misguided. The blog will mainly focus on how we can improve policy, as opposed to climate science.

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    Greener, Cheaper blog

Latest Environment & Energy in the news

  • 05 November 2014 | Can bees put the buzz back into the greenest Government?

    • The Telegraph's Geoffrey Lean covers DEFRA Secretary of State Liz Truss's recent speech at Policy Exchange announcing the new National Pollinators Strategy. Lean argues that, whilst the reception from the environmental and farming lobbies has been broadly positive, the strategy contains a potential pitfall in that it does not tackle the threat to pollinators from pesticides.

  • 04 November 2014 | Don't mow the lawn, it's bad for bees, says Environment Secretary who wants messy grass to help insect population

    • Liz Truss' inaugural speech as Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, is trailed in The Daily Mail. The speech, delivered at Policy Exchange, was used to highlight the important role of bees in agriculture, and urged gardeners to do more to help pollinators thrive by letting their lawns grow.

Latest Environment Publications

  • 20 August 2014 | Green Society: Policies to improve the UK’s green spaces

    • Parks and other urban green spaces are highly important to the social and economic wellbeing of the country. However, as local authority budgets have been squeezed, public funding of parks and open spaces has declined. In light of this, Green Society suggests a number of innovative ways to protect and improve the UK’s urban green spaces including the idea of a council tax rebate for local residents who volunteer to maintain nearby green spaces. 

  • 12 June 2014 | Getting Interconnected: How can interconnectors compete to help lower bills and cut carbon?

    • Connecting the UK to power stations in other countries could help bring down energy bills and meet our decarbonisation targets. Getting Interconnected shows that interconnectors could save British consumers as much as £1bn a year, as well as allowing access to zero-carbon electricity. The report calls for overseas generators to be allowed to compete for government subsidy in the new capacity market and endorses ways to ensure that revenue supports development of new interconnector links.

Latest Environment & Energy Blogs

  • 06 November 2014 | If we want to help pollinators we need to reverse the decline in urban green space

    • Following the launch of the National Pollinator Strategy at Policy Exchange by Liz Truss MP, Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy Research Fellow Katherine Drayson looks at how the Strategy's aims of reviving bee and other pollinator populations might best be met in urban areas.

  • 05 September 2014 | Opening OS Green Space Data to the Public

    • Following Nick Clegg's announcement that the government is adopting recommendations from Policy Exchange's Park Land report to release Ordnance Survey data on publicly accessible green space, Environment & Energy Research Fellow Katherine Drayson highlights the potential for this data to be supplemented with further valuable information gathered from the public.

Latest Environment Event

  • 04 November 2014 | Liz Truss MP: The Way Ahead For Our Natural Environment

    • Policy Exchange is delighted to be hosting Liz Truss, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs for her first set-piece speech on environmental issues. She will set out her vision for the environment as well as making an important new policy announcement.

  • 28 October 2014 | The future of the ETS in Europe’s climate strategy

    • This event will ask what role the ETS will play as European climate policy evolves. It will ask whether the ETS should remain the centrepiece of European climate policy, what reforms it needs, whether it can be expanded to include other countries or sectors and whether carbon taxation would be a better method of carbon pricing.