16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

  • Posted on 7th January 2016
16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

2015 was a significant year for climate and energy policy and markets: from the momentous Paris agreement to Obama’s continuing push on the Clean Power Plan; from the new British Government’s fresh (and controversial) energy approach to, at last, some stability for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which may have real implications for the longer-term.   But it’s now…

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Climate and energy policy under the new Conservative Government: What do we know? What can we predict?

  • Posted on 3rd June 2015
Climate and energy policy under the new Conservative Government: What do we know? What can we predict?

The dominant media narrative on climate and energy policy under the Coalition Government had become something of a cliche. The Liberal Democrats were ‘the green heart’; the Tories were ‘arch-advocates of oil and gas’; the Lib Dems, led by Secretary of State Ed Davey, were the ‘champions of disruptive utilities companies’, taking on the power of the Big 6; and…

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UK shale gas: Still a long road to travel

  • Posted on 4th August 2014
UK shale gas: Still a long road to travel

On 28 July, the British Government announced its first licensing round for six years for companies who wish to prospect for onshore oil and gas. The announcement was top of the news agenda, and there was no mistaking the excitement in UK ministerial (and Conservative) voices as they claimed that the speeding-up of exploration for shale could boost jobs, economic…

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UK shale gas policy: A question of balance

  • Posted on 11th June 2014
UK shale gas policy: A question of balance

The Government would be advised to eschew a fracking at all costs approach in favour of a more carefully weighted public strategy.   One of the more eye-catching measures announced in the recent Queen’s Speech was the UK Government’s proposal to change the trespass laws and allow fracking companies to drill under people’s homes without their permission. Although the Government…

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