Guy joined Policy Exchange in October 2010 as a Research Fellow for the Environment & Energy Unit, before taking over as Head of Environment & Energy in April 2012. Before joining, he worked as a journalist, including three years as a foreign correspondent in Hong Kong.
He has an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London and a BA in English Literature from Bristol University. His research interests include energy efficiency, renewable energy policy, biodiversity and changing energy behaviour.
- Wasting Waste: Risks and benefits of exporting the UK's waste
01 August 2013
On 25th June 2013, Policy Exchange held a roundtable discussion to consider whether the increased volume of UK waste exports creates risks for the waste industry and whether policy makers should intervene in the current market. This publication is a summary of the remarks made at that event.
- Smarter, Greener, Cheaper: Joining up domestic energy efficiency policy
17 January 2013
Households could reduce their gas and electricity bills by as much as £70 a year if they were allowed to compare each other’s energy bills. Smarter, Greener, Cheaper, shows there is evidence both internationally and in the UK that households cut the amount of energy they use when their energy use is compared to that of a more energy efficient neighbour.
- Nurturing Nature: Policy to protect and improve biodiversity
11 May 2012
The planning system is failing to protect some of England's most threatened wildlife and important habitats. Nurturing Nature finds that mechanisms designed to protect England's natural environment and compensate for any damage to it are haphazardly applied and woefully monitored.
- Boosting Energy IQ: UK energy efficiency policy for the workplace
28 July 2011
Based on interviews with 22 energy experts and analysis of current policy, Boosting Energy IQ finds the UK's overlapping climate policies are unnecessarily complex. Moreover, they have created multiple carbon prices across the non-domestic sector. This risks making overall carbon reductions more expensive.
- Park Land: How open data can improve our urban green spaces
19 November 2013
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 help make sure people living in cities have adequate access to good green spaces, test whether public money is being well spent and allow clever innovations in improving green spaces to be easily shared.
- If the Cap Fits: Reform of European Climate Policy and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme
18 June 2013
If the Cap Fits says that the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is currently too weak, which could lead to a surge in new coal generation. It will also fail to meet the European Union’s own carbon reduction objectives. The paper argues that a more ambitious cap on Europe’s emissions is essential and makes recommendations for reform.
- Something in the Air: The forgotten crisis of Britain's poor air quality
19 July 2012
Something in the Air shows that air pollution is Britain’s invisible environmental problem. It is comparable to obesity and alcohol and second only to smoking as a public health problem, but gets far less attention. Yet some government policies, such as encouraging diesel vehicles in cities, are making the problem even worse.
- Fuelling Transition: Prioritising resources for carbon emissions reduction
08 June 2012
Fuelling Transition says the electricity market needs to be allowed to invest in gas as a transition fuel, subject to a long-term EU emissions cap. Extending the EU cap to 2035 would give greater certainty to investors, allowing the market to decide which technology has the most potential to deliver emission reductions at the cheapest cost.
- (Conservative Conference) Picking winners or hand-outs for losers: Should the UK have a green industrial policy?
01 October 2013
With Jonathan Leake, The Sunday Times (CHAIR), Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Climate Change, Prof Paul Ekins, UCL Energy Institute, Dr Boaz Moselle, FTI Consulting and Guy Newey, Policy Exchange.
- (Conservative Conference) How can the UK attract new investment in energy infrastructure?
30 September 2013
With Rowena Mason, The Guardian (CHAIR), Dan Byles MP, Andrew Buglass, RBS, Paddy Hayes, ESB and Guy Newey, Policy Exchange.
- Cutting the cost of cutting carbon: Policy to reduce the cost of renewables
15 July 2013
This event will explore whether the current UK policy framework and proposed changes under the Energy Bill will help bring down the cost of renewable technologies, making carbon mitigation more likely and reducing the pressure on household bills.
- A New Conversation with the Centre-Right about Climate Change
13 June 2013
This debate will consider whether there is a genuine problem with climate action on the right of politics and how those who care about the environment might be better able to persuade doubters of the need for policy intervention. It will also see the launch of new research by Climate Outreach & Information Network (COIN) that examines the evidence for more effectively engaging centre-right citizens around climate change.
- Nudging Negawatts: Can behavioural economics help transform the UK's approach to energy?
01 December 2011
Questions remain about whether government polices will provide enough of an incentive to get over the ‘hassle’ of improving energy efficiency. Are extra nudges, changes in social norms and default adjustments needed to unlock genuine energy efficiency opportunities and make it easier for customers to reduce their bills?
- Are Britain's leading energy suppliers failing customers or protecting them?
12 October 2011
How fair are criticisms of energy companies increasing prices? Energy companies argue they are just passing on the rising costs of fossil fuel prices, driven by a global market, and green policies. Some experts insist the UK's competitive energy markets provide consumers with some of the cheapest electricity and gas prices in Europe. Energy firms are not just competing on price, but on who can offer the best service and products.
- (Conservative Party Conference) Will the Green Deal deliver?
03 October 2011
With Damian Carrington (The Guardian), Gregory Barker MP, Dr Adam Corner (Understanding Risk research group, University of Cardiff), Guy Newey and John Swinney (Carillion Energy Services).
- (Labour Party Conference) Will the Green Deal deliver?
26 September 2011
With Damian Carrington (The Guardian), Luciana Berger MP, Guy Newey, Trewin Restorick (Global Action Plan) and John Swinney (Carillion Energy Services).
- Fewer onshore wind farms to be built as government cuts subsidies
05 December 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment and Energy at Policy Exchange is quoted in the Daily Telegraph arguing that investing more subsidies in immature technologies such as offshore wind pushes up bills and does not allow us to meet our carbon commitments in the cheapest way possible.
- New plan to shift wind farms from land to sea: Minister to offer cash incentives to companies to construct turbines offshore
05 December 2013
Following the Government's announcement that it will move more wind farms from land to sea, the Daily Mail quotes Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange arguing that we need to cut subsidies for offshore wind as it pushes up bills and isn't the cheapest way to cut our carbon emissions.
- Guy Newey on the Today programme
27 November 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, appears on the Today programme in a piece on the carbon floor price. Guy argues that on balance he feels that the carbon floor price should be left alone, as taxing carbon is a preferable activity for tackling emissions to giving out subsidies.
- Should the UK government consider breaking up vertically-integrated energy companies?
31 October 2013
No, is the answer from Policy Exchange's Head of Environment and Energy Guy Newey. Guy argues that there is no compelling evidence that splitting up the energy companies will make bills cheaper and that while the energy market is not perfect, neither is it the dysfunctional cartel imagined by current political debate. Overhauling it is risky - if it is done wrong, bills will go up, not down.
- Guy Newey on Wake Up to Money
30 October 2013
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, appeared on Wake Up to Money to discuss the UK energy prices. Guy argues that, contrary to the accepted wisdom in Westminster, he is not convinced that the energy market is broken, pointing to the fact that UK gas and electricity prices are ok compared with other countries, energy company retail margins of 5% and the ability of smaller players to enter the market.
- Exiting the EU risks UK's green gains
23 October 2013
Business Green quotes Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy in an article exploring the potential risks for the UK's green policies and successes if the UK were to leave the EU. In the absence of a global deal, Guy supports acting on a European level for a cohesive energy policy.
- David Cameron pledges to cut green taxes next year despite Lib Dem objections
23 October 2013
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement during PMQs that the government will be rolling back green regulations and charges, Guy Newey, Head of Environment and Energy is quoted in The Telegraph calling it the strongest sign to date that the Prime Minister is committed to rolling back green subsidies.
- Nearly everyone hates ECO - but how else can we make houses more energy efficient?
10 October 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy, Policy Exchange, is quoted in Carbon Brief, arguing for the relaxation of the current Energy Company Obligation scheme (which runs alongside the Green Deal) to achieve a more cost-effective decarbonisation.
- Energy firms warn of blackouts and power shortages from Labour's plan to freeze bills but Miliband dismisses 'scare stories'
24 September 2013
Following the announcement in Labour leader Ed Miliband's conference speech that if elected he would fix energy bills until 2017, the Daily Mail quotes Guy Newey, Head of Environment and Energy at Policy Exchange urging Labour to scrap some of the excesses of the current green policies.
- Analysis: Electricity Market Reform
23 July 2013
Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy Guy Newey is quoted in Utility Week arguing that the Electricity Market Reform rules should not favour one technology over another.
- EU Carbon Market Needs Immediate Changes, Policy Exchange Says
19 June 2013
Bloomberg Businessweek covers Policy Exchange's new report If the Cap Fits calling for reform of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme. Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange and editor of the report, is quoted warning that the current permit prices will deter those hoping to invest in carbon capture and storage or renewable energy plant.
- Cautious support for radical Tory proposal to overhaul regulation
24 April 2013
Utility Week quotes Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, speaking in response to the report by John Penrose MP calling for a liberalisation of regulation in the vital utilities sector. Guy said the paper has some good ideas, including introducing more competition into the market.
- Conservative Party: Trimming the greenery
23 April 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, is quoted by ENDS on the potential impact on environmental policy if the Tories swing to the right in 2015. Guy said much of the agenda for government to 2020 has already been set, including the UK’s binding renewable energy targets and the budget for subsidies, but said the Conservative Party could reframe what it is doing as ‘cost-effective environmentalism’.
- To save, check your neighbours' energy bills
17 January 2013
The Daily Telegraph covers recent Policy Exchange report Smarter, Greener, Cheaper which says households could reduce their energy bills if they compare each other’s bills. Report author Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy, is quoted saying that customers could choose to opt-in to share details of their energy usage recorded on smart meters to see where they need to cut usage.
- Guy Newey on You & Yours
17 January 2013
Policy Exchange's Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy appeared on BBC Radio 4's You & Yours to discuss his report Smarter, Greener, Cheaper. Guy said that evidence shows households can reduce their gas and electricity bills if they are allowed to compare their bills with those of a more energy efficient neighbour.
- Comparing bills would cut energy usage, claims Policy Exchange report
16 January 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange is quoted in Utility Week discussing findings from Smarter, Greener, Cheaper. Guy argues that households could find out if they were paying more for their gas and electricity bills than their neighbours by comparing bills and seeing where they could cut usage.
- Energy Bills 'Will Be Lower' Under New Policy
30 November 2012
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, appears on Sky News arguing that the new Energy Bill will push up families' energy bills for the sake of meeting an overly-aggressive 2020 carbon target.
- Winds of change
30 November 2012
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, is quoted in The Economist speaking about the recent Energy Bill, arguing that the government is likely to make bad decisions and give in to being lobbied.
- Household to see higher green costs - while factories escape
29 November 2012
The Daily Telegraph quotes Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, speaking about the recent Energy Bill. Guy said the subsidy lobby has won, which will mean households face paying for green costs that are unnecessarily high.
- Power to the people with energy prices boost
21 November 2012
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, is quoted in The Daily Star speaking about government plans to make energy companies offer customers the cheapest rate, saying that this could see fewer people switching, reduce competition and push up the cost of bills.
- Fuel shake up may mean higher bills
21 November 2012
The Daily Express cites comments by Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, arguing that propsals by the government to force energy companies to put families on the best tariff could end cheap deals and reduce competition, causing bills to rise in the long term.
- Energy tariff plans could 'push up bills in the long term'
20 November 2012
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, is quoted by Herald Scotland saying that the government's proposals to force energy companies to give customers the best rate could reduce competition, stop families shopping around for the best deal, and push up bills in the long term.
- Cameron WILL force energy firms to offer every customer the cheapest tariff - but will this push up your bill?
20 November 2012
In an article discussing government plans to force energy companies to offer households the lowest price, This Is Money cites Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, Guy Newey, saying that this could end cheap deals and prevent families from being able to shop around.
- Energy Bills: Shake Up Could Push Up Cost
20 November 2012
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, is quoted by Sky News arguing that government plans to force energy companies to give households the lowest price could end up increasing energy bills in the long term and reducing competition.
- Energy Secretary 'can't guarantee' all families will save under revised energy tariffs
20 November 2012
The Independent cites Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, arguing that proposals by the government to force energy companies to give consumers the lowest tariff could reduce competition, drive prices up in the long term, and prevent people from shopping around for the best deals.
- Guy Newey on Newsnight
16 November 2012
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, appeared on BBC Newsnight criticising the Renewable Energy Target and calling for long-term and tougher carbon pricing in order to help cut carbon emissions.
- Guy Newey on Channel 4 News
13 June 2012
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, appears on Channel 4 News making the case from report Fuelling Transition that the government's focus should be on the cheapest possible decarbonisation.
- Households to pay more under coalition's energy plans
23 May 2012
politics.co.uk quote Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy Guy Newey criticising the government's draft Energy Bill, arguing that it would not provide the certainty investors require and that it is increasingly leading towards central planning of the energy market.
- Electricity bills up £200 to pay for nuclear dream: Families hit to ensure profits for firms who build reactors and wind farms
23 May 2012
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, is quoted by The Daily Mail criticising the government's draft Energy Bill for taking a "huge, one-sided gamble on high gas prices", risking tens of billions pounds of consumers' money.
- Most councils 'can't prove' they have compensated for biodiversity damage
11 May 2012
Planning magazine covers Policy Exchange report Nurturing Nature, citing the report's findings that green space is being lost because local authorities are failing to force developers to replace green land lost as a result of development. The report calls for the NPPF to explicitly state that large developments must deliver a net gain in biodiversity.
- Planning system ''is failing our wildlife''
11 May 2012
Public Service magazine covers Policy Exchange report Nurturing Nature. It reports the finding that local authorities are failing to enforce rules designed to protect England's natural environment.
- Planning system 'failing' wildlife
11 May 2012
The Independent covers Nurturing Nature, Policy Exchange's recent report on biodiversity. They report the discovery that steps to protect wildlife habitats from local development are being haphazardly followed - if at all - resulting in loss of over an acre of green space for every 2.5 acres developed.
- Countryside under threat as developers fail to compensate for damage to wildlife
10 May 2012
The Telegraph covers Policy Exchange report Nurturing Nature which criticises the effectiveness of current legislation designed to protect wildlife habitats. Head of Environment & Energy and report author Guy Newey is quoted stressing that development can still be encouraged while at the same time improving England's natural environment.
- Will the green deal save homeowners money?
13 April 2012
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Senior Research Fellow for Environment & Energy, is quoted by The Guardian arguing that the Green Deal is a good idea in principle but needs to be supported by a wider set of energy efficiency measures including carbon pricing and smart metering.
- David Cameron to make keynote environment speech
04 April 2012
Guy Newey, Senior Research Fellow for Environment & Energy, is quoted by The Guardian calling on the government to maintain popular support for climate change policies by keeping the policy costs as low as possible so they do not become a burden on hard-working people.
- DECC makes last-ditch attempt to simplify Carbon Reduction Commitment
27 March 2012
Senior Research Fellow for Environment & Energy Guy Newey is quoted by BusinessGreen calling for the Carbon Reduction Commitment to be scrapped as it is burdonsome and overly complex.
- Industry blasts 'unacceptable' delay to carbon reporting
27 March 2012
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Senior Research Fellow for Environment & Energy, is quoted in The Guardian criticising the government's failure to make a decision on mandatory carbon reporting for businesses, an idea Policy Exchange proposed in Boosting Energy IQ.
- Will stamp duty ‘nudge’ budge householders from ignoring energy efficiency?
02 December 2013
Guy Newey. Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange writes that the surprise measure of giving new homeowners a £1,000 grant to spend on energy efficiency measures may just work by giving people the 'nudge' they need to implement efficiency measures.
- Government’s energy price promise may be more canny than it appears
29 November 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment and Energy at Policy Exchange writes that the Government has missed a trick by not asking the Big Six to hold its prices until 2015, as was widely mistakenly reported. Governments often under-estimate their powers of persuasion, instead using legislation to threaten which leads to greater industry and public frustration.
- Forget the "green crap", what are your top five green priorities?
29 November 2013
In the run up to the Autumn Statement, there is much political debate over the cost of green issues. Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange writes that those who care about the environment should not let climate change rows draw attention from wider, and related, environmental concerns.
- When it comes to cutting energy bills there are no easy answers
09 October 2013
Following Ed Miliband's pledge to freeze energy bills, Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment and Energy, examines what options government has to actually lower energy bills without abandoning green commitments. Guy draws up a list of 8 options, but highlights how complicated each approach is, and argues that government might have to concede the inevitability of rising energy prices whilst pledging to keep them as low as possible and protect those most vulnerable.
- Ed Miliband's energy price freeze is ill-considered and irresponsible
25 September 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange criticises Ed Miliband's decision to freeze energy bills until 2017 if elected. By fixing prices, the government runs the risk of having energy companies set their bills too high, and means that low-carbon projects will be unlikely to get the funding they need from business.
- Why are households using less energy?
28 August 2013
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, outlines the possible explanations for the recently released ONS data that showed that energy consumption in UK homes fell by 25% between 2005 and 2011. Guy also examines what this means for low carbon policy, arguing that absolute reductions in energy use may actually be possible and awkward questions arise about where the cost of policy falls.
- This may be Camelot for green investors, but is it sustainable?
08 July 2013
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, argues that while, on the face of it, now seems to be a pretty good time to be a green investor, the increased utilities prices that will result from the contracts for new power generation may mean that government support will not be sustainable.
- The folly of trying to map out our low carbon future
03 June 2013
Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy unit members Simon Moore and Guy Newey argue that Tim Yeo and Barry Gardiner's proposed electricity decarbonisation amendment to the Energy Bill is an unnecessary and potentially expensive commitment. They call for those who support action on climate change not to automatically support this amendment.
- Party that grabs 'Greener, Cheaper' energy story at election will thrive
20 May 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, argues that public concern with energy bills means energy and climate policy will be a crucial battleground in the 2015 general election. The party that can come up with a convincing answer on gas and electricity bills, as well as wider cost of living concerns, will be in a strong position to win the next election.
- Europe’s carbon trading system can be saved, but must avoid past renewables mistakes
18 April 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, sets out why Europe’s carbon trading system can be saved, but notes that it must avoid past renewables mistakes.
- Is Europe serious about tackling climate change?
12 February 2013
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, argues that if the EU is as serious as its say about climate change then it has to correct the flaws in the bloc's emissions trading scheme.
- Government must 'nudge' people to make the most of smart meters
17 January 2013
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, sets out findings from recent Policy Exchange report Smarter, Greener, Cheaper, on ways households can be more energy efficient. Guy argues that the introduction of smart meters will help households monitor where they are using the most energy.
- The dangers of energy 'targetism'
18 December 2012
Guy Newey, Head of Environment & Energy at Policy Exchange, argues that Tim Yeo MP is wrong to call for the inclusion of a 2030 decarbonisation target for the electricity sector in the upcoming Energy Bill, warning of the problems with trying to set legislation according to long-term predictions.
- The risks of a never-ending search for certainty in the energy market
07 November 2012
Guy Newey, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, sets out the challenges of providing certainty in the energy market, arguing that the government should try and balance the interests of investors with those of bill payers by making as few decisions as possible, as quickly as possible.
- Tinkering with solar panel subsidy risks making bad policy worse
19 February 2011
Environment & Energy Research Fellow Guy Newey writes in The Spectator highlighting the flaws in the government policy of subsidising small-scale renewable energy, citing Policy Exchange report Greener, Cheaper.