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
  • 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. 

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    Interconnectors
  • 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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    Climate Change
  • 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

    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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Latest Environment & Energy in the news

  • 20 August 2014 | Doctors are told to send fat patients to keep-fit classes in the park: GPs could use 'green prescriptions' instead of medication

    • Policy Exchange's report Green Society is covered in the Daily Mail. The article focuses on the reports recommendation that pilots should be run in which GPs refer patients to non-clinical sources of support to improve their mental and physical health. These could include joining a physical fitness class held in a local park. The patient would pay the standard prescription charge and the Clinical Commissioning Group would fund the remainder of the course, with the class organisers paying the local authority a fee as part of an agreement to hold classes in a public green space.

  • 20 August 2014 | People living near green spaces should pay a 'park levy'

    • The Daily Telegraph covers Policy Exchange's recently published report Green Society. Highlighted in the article is the suggestion that residents should be given the ability to vote on whether to raise a compulsory levy on properties within a set distance from a park or urban green space. The levy would be directed into funding the maintenance of green spaces and exemptions would apply to people unable to afford the levy. 

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

  • 01 July 2014 | Beggar thy Neighbour?

    • Simon Moore, Policy Exchange's Senior Environment & Energy Research Fellow, tackles the criticism that interconnectors do not provide a reliable source of electricity that can be counted on in a crisis. Simon argues that interconnectors actually improve security of supply for countries during crisis points, but those interconnectors actually need to be built first, as we point out in our report Getting Interconnected.

  • 27 June 2014 | Will the CMA inquiry restore trust in the energy market?

    • Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, Guy Newey, argues that unless the CMA inquiry into the energy retail market has clear political support at its outset for its outcomes and its remedies, it will be ineffective in achieving support in Westminster and among the wider public.

Latest Environment Event

  • 17 June 2014 | Nudge, nudge: Can behavioural economics help households cut their energy bills?

    • This debate will discuss how policy can harness the potential of behavioural economics techniques to reduce energy wastage in people's homes, and in doing so lower energy bills and cut carbon emissions. Speakers at the event will include energy minister Greg Barker and shadow energy minister Jonathan Reynolds.

  • 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.