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23 March 2016 | Up in the Air: How to solve London’s air quality crisis – Part 2

By Richard Howard

  • Up in the Air: Part 2 sets out a comprehensive package of measures to clean up air pollution in London, in particular focusing on the two main sources of pollution – road transport and gas combustion.

  • 02 March 2016 | Efficient Energy Policy

    By Richard Howard

  • Efficient Energy Policy states home-buyers would be encouraged to buy more energy efficient properties if Stamp Duty was directly linked to the energy performance of a home. The report argues that promoting home energy efficiency could not only reduce energy bills, but is also one of the cheapest ways to cut carbon emissions. 

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

    By Richard Howard

  • 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

    By Richard Howard

  • 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.

  • 28 August 2015 | Powering Up: The future of onshore wind in the UK

    By Katherine Drayson, Richard Howard

  • 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.

  • 16 July 2015 | The Customer is Always Right: Putting consumers back at the heart of UK energy policy

    By Richard Howard
    Edited by James Frayne

  • For too long policymakers have failed to strike the right balance between energy affordability and decarbonising the economy. Ill thought through energy and climate policies have added £120 to the average household energy bill over the past five years. While reducing carbon emissions remains critical, if the government wants to retain support for this goal it must focus on carrying it out in a way that reduces the price of energy bills.

  • 09 January 2015 | Warmer Homes: Improving fuel poverty and energy efficiency policy in the UK

    By Richard Howard

  • 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

    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.

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