Policy area: Industrial strategy

Reports

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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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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Mission control

This report from UK think tank Reform is a how-to guide to delivering mission-led government. The growth of ‘wicked problems’, from climate change to rising economic inactivity and poor health – which have no single solution and are potentially devastating for society – cannot be reversed by the State alone. Nor, however, are they likely...

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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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Sovereign Wealth funds: what’s the big idea… and what could it mean for Britain?

This report from UK think tank Civitas sets out a definition and understanding of sovereign wealth funds. Sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) are often discussed as government-owned investment funds with their benefits returning to the government and citizens – and which invests its assets according to the interests of the national sovereign sponsor. They play an...

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Productivity and investment: time to manage the project of renewal

This report from UK think tank the National Institute of Economic and Social Research aims to address the policy question of how to raise UK investment. This report aims to address the policy question of how to raise UK investment in order to meet the long-standing challenge of a slowing in productivity growth. The paper...

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Graphic content

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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Green shoots

This report from UK think tank Green Alliance calls on the government to set up a programme of semi-funded job placements to allow young people to develop green skills. The net zero transition will create new jobs across all regions of the UK, including between 120,000 and 160,000 entry level jobs. New entrants to the...

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Greener pastures

This report from UK think tank looks at securing the economic and environmental future of Britain's farms. England’s farmers face twin economic and environmental challenges. Two-fifths earn less than £25,000 a year, and 15% make a loss. Food exports have fallen by 13% since Brexit. Farms are responsible for polluting more rivers and lakes than...

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CPP’s Local Economy Tracker 2023

This report from UK think tank The Centre for Progressive Policy explores how people feel about the economic opportunities where they live. CPP’s annual Local Economy Tracker explores how people feel about the economic opportunities where they live, what they think needs to change and which political parties and tiers of government they trust the...

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Making markets in practice

This report from UK think tank IPPR argues that there is an urgency for policymakers to implement a green industrial strategy. With Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act and CHIPs and Science Act and the EU’s Green Industrial Plan, industrial policy is back in vogue. Yet after years of neglect in favour of hands-off, agnostic policymaking, governments...

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Putting intensive farming out to pasture

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation looks at whether alternative proteins can reduce farmed animal suffering. The market for meat alternatives has grown rapidly over the last decade, yet they still only account for 1% of the global meat market. This SMF report, the third and final instalment of a series,...

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Funding fair growth

This report from UK think tank the Centre for Progressive Policy sets out how a future government could drive transformative change. CPP’s Funding fair growth report reveals the stark cost of maintaining public services at current levels over the next parliament and sets out how a future government could drive transformative change. Our analysis shows...

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Supply change

This report from UK think tank the Social Market Foundation explores the economic and environmental benefits of making the UK’s heat pump supply chain more robust. The UK’s heat pump supply chain is still in its infancy and remains much weaker than in mainland Europe or Asia. This SMF report explores the economic and environmental...

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Related Events

28 May 2024

Location: IEA 2 Lord North Street ( entrance on Great Peter Street) London SW1 3LB

Think tank: Institute for Government

Colonialism – the foundation of Western prosperity?

This event hosted by UK think tank the Institute for Economic Affairs discusses the role of empire in the Industrial Revolution. We are delighted to invite you to a panel discussion on the economics of empire. The question of how Britain and other western nations became rich is topic of significant debate both inside and...

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...

Related Articles

How can the UK’s industrial strategy support the ‘levelling up’ agenda?

'Levelling up' has become one of the big agenda items for this government but how can it be helped by industrial strategy? Use the Spending Review and R&D Place Strategy to increase support for business innovation in lagging regions By James Blagden (Onward) In recent decades the UK’s regions have diverged so much that we...

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