Policy area: Energy policy

Reports

Skills matter: shaping a just transition for workers in the energy sector

This report from UK think tank IPPR argues that delivering a just transition must include developing an understanding of future career options for energy sector workers. The transition to a net zero economy is both a necessity and an opportunity for the UK. In this report, we focus on the challenges workers face in the...

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Manufacturing matters: the cornerstone of a competitive green economy

This report from UK think tank IPPR makes the case for building green manufacturing in the UK. We make the case for building green manufacturing in the UK, and put forward a framework for how to make choices about which capabilities we most need. UK manufacturing has declined far more than other advanced economies in...

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Cost cutters

This report from UK think tank the Fabian Society sets out how the UK can address the poverty premium and make markets work for low-income families. The recent cost-of-living crisis and fall in living standards has been unprecedented in living memory. And while the rate of inflation may have fallen, families are still struggling to...

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Fixing the roof while the sun shines

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at improving energy bill support for the coming winter. With high energy prices remaining this winter there is still a strong case for providing energy bill support. This Social Market Foundation briefing looks at the potential for reforming the Warm Homes Discount to provide...

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Climate adaptation in UK homes

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance outlines the need for government to work with energy suppliers, so that residents can be prepared for a changing climate. Climate change impacts are here to stay. From record temperatures and flooding to increased levels of subsidence, worsening air pollution and even the reshaping of our coastlines,...

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Sharing power, spreading wealth: towards an equitable energy transition for Wales

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Welsh Affairs make recommendations to ensure that Welsh communities benefit from the transition to Net Zero. In our new report written by Lydia Godden, Sharing power, spreading wealth, we make recommendations to ensure that Welsh communities benefit from the transition to Net Zero. Despite ambitious targets,...

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Net zero policy tracker

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance monitors the government’s progress towards the goals it set out in the Net Zero Strategy. As the window to take effective action on climate change closes, the next five year parliament will be crucial. Strong leadership is missing across the political spectrum, not just in ambition to...

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Cleaning up our act

This report from UK think tank Localis looks at reforming landfill tax for place resilience and best local outcomes. Over the last thirty years landfill policy has been among the most successful and singularly effective of government environmental policies. Since its introduction, the UK Landfill Tax has succeeded in drastically reducing mixed municipal waste to...

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Power plays

This report from UK think tank RUSI examines the trade in Russian enriched uranium. This report examines the extent of Western (European and US) dependencies on Russian enriched uranium and identifies ways in which Rosatom may be continuing to access global, including Western, nuclear fuel supply chains, despite some efforts in the US and Europe...

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Greater and greener development

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue looks at improving the development levels of UK housing in a way that is consistent with protecting the environment. The polling report provides strong policy ideas for — and a strong case to — the Government for improving the development levels of UK housing and infrastructure in...

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Despite throwing money at the problem, people still aren’t buying heat pumps

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at how to induce households to change their behaviour and replace their boilers with heat pumps. The UK’s commitment to reaching net zero by 2050 is legally binding, yet progress towards decarbonisation of home heating remains limited. This SMF commentary reviews a timely recent...

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This report from UK think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs looks at how red tape is fuelling the cost of living crisis. Red tape significantly contributes to the higher cost of living in the United Kingdom. The Consumer Price Index increased by 80% between 2000 and 2023. However, there is significant price variability across...

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Wales, the journey to Net Zero

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Welsh Affairs sets out a vision for accelerated infrastructure investment in Wales. Despite ambitious targets and a swathe of measures to accelerate the move to a low carbon economy, Welsh Government is currently failing to meet the pace and scale of change required by the challenge...

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Resilient neighbourhoods, powered by low-carbon energy

This report from UK think tank Bright Blue examines the role of the planning system in hampering as well as facilitating these renewable energy technologies. Decarbonising the UK power sector is central to the country achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions. To do this, there needs to be a substantial increase in investment in and...

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EU climate and energy policy after the energy crunch

This report from UK think tank the Centre for European Reform argues that the EU should focus on long-term reforms needed to reduce Europe’s dependence on fossil fuels. European energy markets are in a very different situation from a year ago. Today, Europe is not fearing electricity blackouts or gas shortages, and the European economy...

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How can cities policy help the net zero agenda?

As COP26 comes to a close what are some of the changes we can make in cities that can help with the net zero agenda? A greater uptake of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is required By Rebecca Foster (Bright Blue) The UK’s pledge to reach net zero by 2050 will ultimately require significant changes to the way...

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