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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  • 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
  • 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

Latest Environment & Energy in the news

  • 17 July 2014 | UK calls for cancelling of carbon permits to revive EU emissions trading

    • Responding to DECC's calls for reform of the EU Emissions Trading System and the cancelling of a "significant number" of carbon permits, Policy Exchange Senior Research Fellow for Environment and Energy Simon Moore is quoted in The Guardian calling for putting a strong carbon price in place.

  • 23 June 2014 | George Osborne: Every northern city needs a Boris

    • Nick Faith, Policy Exchange's Director of Communications, is quoted in The Daily Telegraph responding to George Osborne's proposals to boost Northern Cities. Nick argues that our cities must be set free in order to allow the UK to compete on a global scale.

Latest Environment Publications

  • 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.

  • 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.

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.