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Environment & Energy Publications

Park Land: How open data can improve our urban green spaces

Park Land: How open data can improve our urban green spaces

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Britain’s urban green spaces are coming under pressure, with financial and development constraints, coupled with a surprising lack of data, raising the possibility of a decline in the quantity and quality of our urban green spaces. Park Landcalls for a new freely-available national urban green space map for the UK to help make sure people living in cities have adequate access to good green spaces, test whether public money is being well spent and allow clever innovations in improving green spaces to be easily shared.

If the Cap Fits: Reform of European Climate Policy and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

If the Cap Fits: Reform of European Climate Policy and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme

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If the Cap Fits says that the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) is currently too weak, which could lead to a surge in new coal generation. It will also fail to meet the European Union’s own carbon reduction objectives. The paper argues that a more ambitious cap on Europe’s emissions is essential and makes recommendations for reform.

Smarter, Greener, Cheaper: Joining up domestic energy efficiency policy

Smarter, Greener, Cheaper: Joining up domestic energy efficiency policy

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Households could reduce their gas and electricity bills by as much as £70 a year if they were allowed to compare each other’s energy bills. Smarter, Greener, Cheaper, shows there is evidence both internationally and in the UK that households cut the amount of energy they use when their energy use is compared to that of a more energy efficient neighbour.

Fuelling Transition: Prioritising resources for carbon emissions reduction

Fuelling Transition: Prioritising resources for carbon emissions reduction

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Fuelling Transition says the electricity market needs to be allowed to invest in gas as a transition fuel, subject to a long-term EU emissions cap. Extending the EU cap to 2035 would give greater certainty to investors, allowing the market to decide which technology has the most potential to deliver emission reductions at the cheapest cost.

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