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

  • 20 February 2015 | Landscape panel tackles green infrastructure funding question

    • Horticulture Week quotes Policy Exchange's Environment & Energy Research Fellow Katherine Drayson from her talk at a recent Rethinking Landscapes debate. Katherine argued that, with austerity not yet at its peak, local action is going to have to pick up some of the slack for green space maintenance.

  • 09 January 2015 | Half of fuel-poor households in work, Policy Exchange says

    • BBC News covers Warmer Homes, Policy Exchange's new report looking at fuel poverty. The report finds that 1.1 million fuel poor households are in work, 49% of the total. It calls for energy efficiency subsidies to be targeted more at the fuel poor.

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

Latest Environment Event

  • 25 February 2015 | Powering Ahead: a keynote speech from Matthew Hancock

    • Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Minister of State for Energy, Business and Enterprise, will deliver a speech setting out his vision of energy policy going forward. He will argue for an approach based on harnessing the power of markets to deliver cleaner, more sustainable energy – finding cost-effective solutions to persuade people to go green.

  • 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.