Policy area: Environment

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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Manifesto for a thriving world: IIED’s connected ambition, 2024 and beyond

This report from UK think tank the International Institute for Environment and Development presents their refreshed approach to impact. Following a year of review and dialogue, this manifesto presents IIED's refreshed approach to impact. This new approach to working on problems, in equitable learning partnerships, focuses on specific propositions to progress towards a thriving world....

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Our places, our planet

This report from UK think tank CLES sets out a road map for creating the conditions for local climate action. We stand on a precipice, one that is simultaneously fraught with danger and alive with possibility. That urgent action is needed on climate change is beyond doubt. Nor is there any question that our places...

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Behind the scenes of the National Food Strategy

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance analyses the strategy’s successes as well as areas where it could have gone better. The 2021 UK National Food Strategy Review took a systems wide approach to analysing problems within the food system. To learn from the formulation of the National Food Strategy we interviewed the central...

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Rethinking the food system for health, climate and nature

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance argues that a data-led approach to improving the food system can be used as a platform for the UK to display global influence. The 2021 UK National Food Strategy Review combined data driven evidence with wide stakeholder engagement to diagnose serious problems caused by the food system,...

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The last use of fossil fuels

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance argues that the government should explore a green carbon mandate for chemicals. Chemicals, plastics and chemical products are everywhere in modern society, and the majority of them are made from fossil fuels as ingredients. There are alternatives, such as recycled plastic wastes, carbon from plants, and captured...

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Labour economics

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation provides independent analysis of the party’s proposed approach – and the gaps it needs to fill. With the Labour Party having vowed to achieve the fastest growth in the G7, the Social Market Foundation has brought together leading economic experts to provide independent analysis of...

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Changing fashion

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance investigates how reuse is working in the UK for the fashion sector. The landscape of reuse is rapidly evolving, with a noticeable surge in interest from major corporations and a growing openness among the public to embrace second-hand goods, particularly amidst high cost of living. However, despite...

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The next step for transport in Wales

This report from UK think tank the Institute of Welsh Affairs recommends a deliberative approach to sustainable transport, developed in partnership with communities. Wales needs a future-proof transport system to face up to the realities of climate change, but Welsh Government is faced with a complex set of challenges: encouraging take-up of electric vehicles (EV)...

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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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Adapting to climate change

This report from UK think tank the Institute for Government will look at how the UK can better manage a rapidly changing environment. The impact of climate change is beginning to be felt in the UK. Despite this, successive governments have failed to prepare the UK to adapt to these changes. New housing developments are...

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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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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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Related Events

30 May 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Centre for Cities

We need to talk about road pricing

This event hosted by UK think tank the Centre for Cities will discuss the future of road pricing in UK cities. Pioneered by Singapore and London, road pricing mechanisms have helped urban areas make significant progress on air quality and supported modal shift in recent decades. More recently, UK cities from Bath to Glasgow have...

5 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: RUSI

Securing supply chains for decarbonisation

This event hosted by UK think tank RUSI discusses the critical questions facing the UK as it seeks to navigate the volatile industrial landscape of energy transition. The UK must navigate a new and uncertain industrial geography to support the rapid development and scaling of the supply chains required for global decarbonisation. Decarbonisation requires a...

6 June 2024

Location: Online

Think tank: Chatham House

Beyond the ballot: implications of the 2024 European elections

This event hosted by UK think tank Chatham House will  map out the stakes and challenges faced by the Union in the 2024 parliamentary elections. The 2024 European parliamentary elections serve as a crucial juncture in the European Union’s trajectory. As Europe confronts an unprecedented security threat at its borders from an imperialist Russia, the...

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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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