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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  • Warmer Homes

    Warmer Homes presents a character profile of the 2.3 million households in England living in fuel poverty. Among the findings in the report is the fact that nearly half of all fuel poor households (1.1m) are in work, challenging the perception that fuel poverty primarily involves the elderly and retired.

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    Fuel poverty
  • 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
  • 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

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Latest Environment Publications

  • 09 January 2015 | Warmer Homes: Improving fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy in the UK

    • Warmer Homes presents a character profile of the 2.3 million households in England living in fuel poverty. Among the findings in the report is the fact that nearly half of all fuel poor households (1.1m) are in work, challenging the perception that fuel poverty primarily involves the elderly and retired.

  • 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. 

Latest Environment & Energy Blogs

  • 09 January 2015 | Six facts about fuel poverty

    • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, sets out 6 key facts on fuel poverty from our new report Warmer Homes. Richard reveals that the UK's housing is woefully inefficient compared to our European neighbours, that the most inefficient households could have to pay £1700 a year to adequately heat their homes, and that 1.1m fuel poor households are actually in work.

  • 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.

Latest Environment Event

  • 21 January 2015 | Can interconnectors help the UK meet its energy needs?

    • Policy Exchange will be hosting a panel discussion on the role that interconnectors could play in helping the UK to meet its energy needs. The event follows the release of our report Getting Interconnected in June 2014 which made the case for increased interconnection to other European power markets to help cut carbon, improve security of supply and lower energy bills.

  • 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.