Publications in Environment & Energy

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20 August 2014 | Green Society: Policies to improve the UK’s green spaces

By Katherine Drayson
Edited by Guy Newey

  • 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?

    By Simon Moore
    Edited by Guy Newey

  • 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

    Edited by Simon Moore

  • 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

    By Simon Moore
    Edited by Guy Newey

  • 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.

  • 19 November 2013 | Park Land: How open data can improve our urban green spaces

    By Katherine Drayson
    Edited by Guy Newey

  • 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.

  • 01 August 2013 | Wasting Waste: Risks and benefits of exporting the UK's waste

    By Guy Newey

  • 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.

  • 19 June 2013 | If the Cap Fits: Reform of European Climate Policy and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

    By Simon Moore
    Edited by Guy Newey

  • 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.

  • 03 April 2013 | What Would a Competitive Domestic Energy Retail Market Look Like? Success metrics for retail market reform

    By Simon Less

  • On 14th February 2013, Policy Exchange held a roundtable discussion to help stimulate debate on what success for proposed new regulation of the energy retail market would look like and how it could be measured. This publication is a summary of the remarks made at that event.

  • 17 January 2013 | Smarter, Greener, Cheaper: Joining up domestic energy efficiency policy

    By Guy Newey
    Edited by Simon Moore

  • 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.

  • 19 July 2012 | Something in the Air: The forgotten crisis of Britain's poor air quality

    By Simon Moore
    Edited by Guy Newey

  • 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.