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

Latest Environment & Energy in the news

  • 18 June 2015 | Earlier end to subsidies for new UK onshore wind farms

    • Following the government's announcement that new onshore wind farms will be excluded from a subsidy scheme a year earlier than expected, BBC environment analyst Roger Harrabin argues the reason might be revealed by Policy Exchange research which found that the government has run out of money in its energy subsidies programme.

  • 15 May 2015 | Wind farms and solar panels 'will cost more than expected'

    • The Daily Telegraph covers findings from an upcoming Policy Exchange report that DECC has run out of money for new renewable energy projects.

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

  • 25 June 2015 | When is a government bank not a government bank?

    • Richard Howard, Policy Exchange's Head of Environment & Energy, comments on the government's announcement that it wishes to part-privatise the Green Investment Bank. Whilst such a move may make things easier for the Bank, Richard questions whether the Bank would not just become the same as any other commercial bank, in which case why retain a stake at all?

  • 12 May 2015 | Dear Energy Secretary, I'm afraid to tell you there is no money….

    • Richard Howard, Head of Policy Exchange's Environment and Energy unit, argues that the Department for Energy and Climate Change has underestimated the cost of energy policies with drastic consequences for future budgets. With reference to data from an upcoming Policy Exchange report, Richard shows that DECC needs to adapt rapidly to avoid being unable to fund future projects. 

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