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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    About Environment & Energy
  • Guy Newey at the DECC Select Committee

    Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, Guy Newey, appeared at the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee to discuss the IPCC 5th Assessment report. Guy pointed out that whilst the overall direction and conclusions of the assessment remain the same, an increase in policy action and debate shows policy makers are taking the issue of climate change more seriously.  Watch video

    Climate Change
  • Going, Going, Gone

    Our latest report calls for plans to introduce auctioning to enable all renewable energy technologies to compete on a level playing field should be brought forward. It points to Brazil, where prices for onshore wind have dropped to world record lows since auctioning was introduced. If the UK can achieve a even a fraction of the results from Brazil, it would allow much greater decarbonisation for the available budget.  Read more

    Energy Auctions
  • 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
  • Park Land

    Britain's urban green spaces are coming under pressure, with financial and development constraints, coupled with a surprising lack of data, raising the possibility of a decline in the quantity and quality of our urban green spaces. Park Land calls for a new freely-available national urban green space map for the UK to allow better access to good green spaces and ensure more effective spending on improvements.   Read more

    Urban Green Spaces

Latest Environment & Energy In the news

  • 05 March 2014 | Lobbying against the carbon floor price is lobbying for more coal power

    • With the CBI and EEF having come out in support of freezing the carbon floor price, BusinessGreen references a recent contribution to the debate from Guy Newey, Head of Environment and Energy at Policy Exchange. Guy argues that a lower than expected carbon floor price will favour coal, and asks how you would have to compensate for the impact this will have on clean energy investment.

  • 17 February 2014 | If you drop litter, you're an idiot and must be punished

    • The Telegraph cites findings from Policy Exchange's 2009 report Litterbugs which showed that littering has grown by 500% since the 1960s.

Latest Environment Publications

  • 17 December 2013 | Cleaning up road transport in London: The next steps to improve the capital’s air quality

    • On 21st November 2013, Policy Exchange held a roundtable discussion on ways to improve the emissions performance of London’s road transport, and how local and national government policy can develop to reduce pollution and improve public health. This publication is a summary of the remarks made at that event.

  • 16 December 2013 | Going, Going, Gone: The role of auctions and competition in renewable electricity support

    • This report calls for plans to introduce auctioning to enable all technologies to compete on a level playing field should be brought forward. It points to Brazil, where prices for onshore wind have dropped to world record lows since auctioning was introduced. If the UK can achieve a even a fraction of the results from Brazil, it would allow much greater decarbonisation for the available budget.

Latest Environment & Energy Blogs

  • 05 February 2014 | In defence of offsetting, markets and (almost) politicians

    • Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, writes in response to RSPB Conservation Director Mark Avery's recent blog post criticising the concept of biodiversity offsetting. Guy argues that, contrary to Avery's assertions, offsetting is not driven by a belief that nothing should stand in the way of economic development, market forces can deliver, and the current planning system is not compensating for damage to the environment.

  • 04 February 2014 | The politics of renewables targets

    • Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, argues that the only way of overcoming political problems surrounding the introduction of a carbon tax, cap and trade system or renewable energy support system is by getting better at the politics.

Latest Environment Event

  • 30 January 2014 | Can shale gas solve Europe's energy and climate challenges?

    • Europe faces a choice. Should it try and replicate the US boom and exploit its resources of shale gas, or should it act more cautiously? Shale gas exploration has faced moratoriums in several European countries and it could face increasing environmental legislation from the European Commission. This debate will consider how Europe’s policymakers should deal with the opportunities and risks created by the innovation of shale gas.

  • 20 November 2013 | "Improving the environment and growing the economy. Can we have it all?" by Owen Paterson

    • Policy Exchange was delighted to welcome Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to deliver a speech examining whether improving the environment is compatible with growing the economy.