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
  • Up in the Air

    Up in the Air analyses data from over 100 air quality monitoring sites across London. It shows the most polluted parts of the capital currently have levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) nearly four times the legal limit, with 12.5% of London's total area exceeding the legal limit for NO2, and that deprived areas are more likely to be affected.

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    Air Pollution in London
  • Energy Efficiency Dragon's Den

    With the announced closure of the flagship Green Deal scheme this Summer, there is now uncertainty about the future of household energy efficiency policy in the UK. This Dragon’s Den’ style event saw four experts pitch their policy ideas on how to incentivise households to adopt energy efficiency measures.

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    Energy Efficiency
  • Governing Power

    DECC could save hundreds of millions of pounds and promote more competition and innovation among energy companies by sweeping away swathes of energy quangos at the Spending Review. Currently more than 30 bodies, many with overlapping functions and with an annual cost of £600m a year, govern energy policy, regulations and rules.

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    Energy Industry
  • Powering Up

    Onshore wind is the most cost effective and scaleable low carbon technology in the UK and should be allowed to continue, albeit with subsidies phased out, if the government wants to decarbonise at least cost to the consumer.

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    Offshore Wind

Latest Environment & Energy in the news

  • 05 February 2016 | The truth about London's air pollution

    • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange’s Head of Environment and Energy, is quoted by The Guardian stating action is needed at EU level to set and enforce tough vehicle emissions standards, at national level to reform tax incentives for diesels, and at local authority level to create low emissions zones. 

  • 08 December 2015 | Smog 'red alert' forces schools to close in Beijing

    • The TES cites findings from Policy Exchange's recent report on air pollution - Up in the Air - that 25% of London's schoolchildren attend schools in areas with air pollution above legal limits.

Latest Environment Publications

  • 30 November 2015 | Up In the Air: How to solve London’s air quality crisis - Part 1

    • Nearly 25% of all school children in London and 44% of the Capital’s workforce are exposed to levels of air pollution that exceed legal and healthy limits. Up in the Air analyses data from over 100 air quality monitoring sites across London. It shows the most polluted parts of the capital currently have levels of Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) nearly four times the legal limit, with 12.5% of London's total area exceeding the legal limit for NO2, and that deprived areas are more likely to be affected.

  • 10 November 2015 | Governing Power: Improving the administration of the energy industry in Great Britain

    • DECC could save hundreds of millions of pounds and promote more competition and innovation among energy companies by sweeping away swathes of energy quangos at the Spending Review. Currently more than 30 bodies, many with overlapping functions and with an annual cost of £600m a year, govern energy policy, regulations and rules.

Latest Environment & Energy Blogs

Latest Environment Event

  • 10 November 2015 | Governing Power: Improving the administration of the GB energy industry

    • For the launch of our forthcoming Governing Power report, Policy Exchange is hosting a discussion on how our energy industry are markets are run. With more than 20 bodies involved in the administration of the energy industry, this event considers ways to rationalise energy institutions to reduce cost and complexity.

  • 06 November 2015 | Energy Efficiency Dragon's Den

    • With the announced closure of the flagship Green Deal scheme this Summer, there is now uncertainty about the future of household energy efficiency policy in the UK. New policy thinking is needed in this area. This ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event will see a number of experts pitch their policy ideas on how to incentivise households to adopt energy efficiency measures, to be critiqued by our panel of Policy Dragons.

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