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Going Round in Circles: Developing a new approach to waste policy following Brexit

To mark the launch of the report, Policy Exchange held an event to discuss both the proposals made in the report, and broader questions concerning the future direction of waste and resources policy following Brexit

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Developing a Modern Industrial Strategy

This major conference gathered together leaders from the fields of politics, academia and business to debate the shape of the emerging Industrial Strategy.

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Powering a New Economy: How a clean energy revolution means Britain can lead the world

In this talk, Tim Farron MP, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, gave his assessment of the UK clean energy sector and put forward the steps the Liberal Democrats will take to work towards a zero-carbon Britain

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The Policy Dragon’s Den: How to Decarbonise Road Transport

This event took place at Policy Exchange on Friday 27 January. It was a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style event, in which a number of industry leaders ‘pitched’ their vision of the future of road transport, to a panel of experts

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Switched On: Are Switching Sites a Sign of Healthy or Broken Markets?

This event took place at Policy Exchange on 16 January 2017 and was kindly supported by Citizens Advice and the UK Regulators Network

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The secret to cheaper energy – it’s all in the cost curve

The secret to cheaper energy – it’s all in the cost curve

The cost of energy is frequently cited as one of the issues voters care about most, but how can we bring costs down? Various new electricity generation technologies, like wave energy, tidal lagoons and small modular nuclear reactors, stand on the precipice of mass deployment. But industry alone may not be willing or able to make the leap from demonstration and commercial deployment. Should the Government intervene to help bridge the gap? In this article originally published in Business Green, Policy Exchange Research Fellow Matt Rooney explores the concept of ‘technological learning’. Can other technologies replicate the success of solar panels and wind turbines to bring costs down and make them competitive with established technologies?

Challenges and opportunities for the UK trade in waste

Challenges and opportunities for the UK trade in waste

Following his evidence session to the Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub Committee, Energy and Environment Research fellow Joshua Burke reflects on the opportunities and challenges facing the UKs trade in waste post Brexit. The impact of tariff and non-tariff barriers on the regulatory, spatial, environmental and economic dimensions that govern the UK’s trade in waste are examined in the context of Refuse Derived Fuel.

The Helm Cost of Energy Review: the invisible hand versus the activist state

The Helm Cost of Energy Review: the invisible hand versus the activist state

Matthew Rooney, Energy and Environment Research Fellow at Policy Exchange, responds to Dieter Helm’s recent Cost of Energy Review. The review, commissioned by the Government and released last week, sparked much debate online. The main dividing line, Rooney explains, is between those who believe that an activist state and large subsidies for renewable energy deployment are necessary to bring down costs, and those who think the Government’s main role is to create a level playing field for low carbon technologies to compete without subsidy. Helm’s big idea is a carbon tax with border carbon adjustments. Could that work and what are its potential benefits?

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The electric economy: achieving our low carbon energy future

The electric economy: achieving our low carbon energy future

Policy Exchange hosted top experts from industry and Parliament for a debate on the future of Britain’s electricity system and the potential role of small modular nuclear reactors in meeting our energy needs. Rachel Reeves MP (Chair of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee) introduced our distinguished panel of speakers including Rt Hon Lord Howell of Guildford (former Secretary of State for Energy), Harry Holt (President of Rolls-Royce Nuclear) and Dr Jenifer Baxter (Head of Energy and Environment at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers). Lord Howell’s comments on the opportunities Brexit presents for nuclear research were covered by the Telegraph.

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The Heat Summit: How Can We Decarbonise Heating?

The Heat Summit: How Can We Decarbonise Heating?

Dec 14, 2016

This half-day conference was held at Policy Exchange on 14 December. It drew together many of the leading thinkers on this agenda, to discuss the opportunities and challenges associated with decarbonising heating

Power 2.0: how to build a smarter electricity system

Power 2.0: how to build a smarter electricity system

On 7 November, you are invited to join a discussion on how to create a smarter, more flexible electricity system in Great Britain. This will mark the launch of a major new Policy Exchange publication, ‘Power 2.0’

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