Blog Archives

  • Is climate change mitigation compatible with economic growth?

    Friday, October 19th, 2018

    This week marks Green Great Britain Week, an initiative outlined in the Clean Growth Strategy which seeks to promote and highlight the opportunities clean growth offers the UK and raise understanding of how business and the public can contribute to tackling climate change. The week… Read More
  • BREXIT and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS)

    Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

    As the Brexit deadline rapidly approaches, the Department for Exiting the EU is beginning to publish a series of papers (known as Technical Notices) on potential outcomes if the UK finds itself in the much discussed, and increasingly likely, ‘no deal’ scenario. In addition to… Read More
  • Heat Networks – a route to heat decarbonisation and how to get involved

    Friday, July 6th, 2018

    By Beatrice Williams, policy placement student at Ecuity Heat currently accounts for around a third of UK carbon emissions and almost half of the total energy usage. Therefore, meeting legally binding climate change targets outlined in the 2008 Climate Change Act will not be possible… Read More
  • Tackling air quality – the evidenced based approach

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2018

      By Faisal Haroon, Energy Policy Economist Environment Secretary Michael Gove launched an ambitious clean air strategy to tackle air pollution last month, which will have a significant impact on policy in the transport, industrial and building sectors. Government will work towards reducing emissions from… Read More
  • Road to Zero – What can we expect from the Government Transport Strategy?

    Thursday, May 3rd, 2018

     By Faisal Haroon, Energy Policy Economist Transport became the largest greenhouse gas (GHG) emitting sector of the UK economy[1] in 2016 (latest year data). While economies are striving to meet fast-approaching regulatory deadlines, this is a backward step. The transport sector’s performance since 1990 has… Read More
  • Why is the future EU Primary Energy Factor important? Framing the debate

    Monday, March 26th, 2018

    By Alex Taylor, Policy and Commercial Analyst To power our lives, primary energy, such as fossil fuels or renewable energies, are converted into useful, final energy, such as electricity or thermal heat. This useful energy flows into our homes to our computers, kettles and heating systems.… Read More
  • 25-year environment plan and low carbon energy

    Friday, January 12th, 2018

    By Anna Livesey At first look, the 25-Year Environment Plan may seem to be only about activities to restore and protect our natural environments. For example, improving soil health and benefits of woodlands. Delve a little deeper and there are some natural linkages with the… Read More
  • Carbon targets – balancing practical reality with ambition

    Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

    By Anna Livesey This year has as seen several announcements related to carbon targets. Whilst aspirations (even those enshrined in law) are often welcome, the ability to meet targets, and within specified time frames, will always come into question. Identifying the right path to achieve… Read More
  • Towards more coordinated EU energy strategy – the case of Liquefied Natural Gas

    Friday, September 15th, 2017

    By Ilias Vazaios In his recent state of the union address, Jean Claude Juncker outlined strong support for further European integration. It is Juncker’s institutional role as the President of the European Commission to advocate further transfer of policy competence to Brussels and this may be… Read More
  • Improving security as energy enters a digital era

    Thursday, August 10th, 2017

     By April Chen The title of a recently launched consultation, ‘Security of Network and Information Systems’, might at first glance not seem relevant to the energy sector. However, as we increase uptake of digital technology in the energy system, as seen at the home level… Read More