Press Releases from the Policy Exchange team across a range of topics and policy departments.
Environment & Energy Press Releases
Today Richard Howard, Head of Energy and Environment at Policy Exchange, suggests raising road tax to generate £500 million a year to fund a new diesel car scrappage scheme.
New report: Nearly a quarter of all school children in London are exposed to illegal and harmful levels of air pollution
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. A new report, Up in the Air, by leading think tank Policy Exchange and King’s College London, 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. The research finds that 12.5% of the total area of the Capital currently exceeds the legal limit for NO2, and that deprived parts of London are more likely to be affected.
Responding to Amber Rudd’s “energy policy reset”, Policy Exchange Head of Environment & Energy Richard Howard backs the government’s broad approach, but calls for DECC to consider extra, complementary ways of meeting our future energy needs than simply building new gas power stations.
Policy Exchange says new low cost onshore wind projects should be allowed to proceed as part of the government’s drive to decarbonise at least cost .
Policy Exchange teams up with King’s College London on major new study on how to tackle air pollution in the Capital
Two of the leading research organisations in the country today announced a partnership to produce a major new study into policies to improve air quality in London. Policy Exchange, the UK’s leading think tank, which has a track record of producing ideas that have impacted the policy debate, will join forces with King’s College London’s Environmental Research Group, one of the global experts in air quality science.
Policy Exchange argues that policymakers should prioritise “affordability, affordability, affordability” by beefing up consumer oversight of policy decisions. The average household energy bill has risen by £120 over the past five years purely due to ill thought through energy and climate policies which fail to put affordability at the heart of policymaking.
Over 1 million households who cannot afford to heat their home to a comfortable level are in work according to a new report, which also reveals that the households living in the least energy efficient properties would have to spend as much as £1,700 extra a year to heat their home to a suitable temperature.