What does the Industrial Strategy say about a low carbon strategy in the UK?

  • Posted on 9th February 2017
What does the Industrial Strategy say about a low carbon strategy in the UK?

To a rather muted fanfare, the British Government published its industrial strategy green paper last month. As far as the energy and climate change audience were concerned, in the run-up to the publication of the strategy, the Business Energy and Industrial Strategy Department (BEIS) – a department still in its infancy – was essentially facing two challenges: would it showcase…

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Energy storage technologies – will they be able to flourish within current regulatory frameworks?

  • Posted on 3rd August 2016
Energy storage technologies – will they be able to flourish within current regulatory frameworks?

The concept of energy storage is not new. However, technology advancements and the increased sense of urgency in relation to decarbonisation have gradually drawn attention to the possibilities of storage. Many argue that energy storage technologies will become one of the defining features of the future energy landscape, as they will allow governments to integrate renewable energy into their grids…

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Natural Capital’s future in UK policy after Brexit and the Protocol

  • Posted on 27th July 2016
Natural Capital’s future in UK policy after Brexit and the Protocol

Natural capital — a term for the earth’s natural resources and support systems that benefit human society — is the underlying focus of our environmental laws and policies. The Clean Air and (Clean) Water Acts of the US and UK are two aptly-named examples of previous policies designed to protect natural resources. At present, in Europe, the EU Circular Economy…

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Paving the way for a ‘circular economy’ in Europe

  • Posted on 10th July 2015

In a speech at the European Parliament plenary debate on Monday 6th July, First Vice-President of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans, said that the Commission “remains strongly committed” to present a circular economy package towards the end of this year.  The reasons are quite simple: Vice-President Katainen, Commissioner Vella, Commissioner Bienkowska, and others, essentially believe that the new circular economy…

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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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Minority report: Election 2015, which businesses should be concerned?

  • Posted on 17th April 2015
Minority report: Election 2015, which businesses should be concerned?

With only 17 days until the UK General election, the two main parties remain deadlocked in the polls, which have moved little since the start of the campaign. The Conservatives’ strong lead on the economy and on leadership, has not been accompanied by enough of a detoxification of their party brand to pull ahead. The Labour Party is more trusted…

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