Miles Ahead: Road pricing as a fairer form of motoring taxation
As we transition towards electric vehicles that don’t incur fuel duty, the Treasury faces a revenue loss of £30bn each year. Given the unpopularity of fuel duty, this report explores the case for introducing a nationwide road pricing system in the UK – setting out a model that is fairer than fuel duty, replaces lost tax revenue, and reduces the burden on low-income households.
|Published:||16 May 2022|
Installing for time? New evidence on the attitudes of home heat installers towards decarbonisation and heat pumps
This report draws attention to the home heat workforce - the plumbers, heating and gas engineers, and installers - who will be playing an essential in delivering the UK's net zero targets. It provides much-needed insight into the challenges and barriers facing the industry, and highlights the need for policymakers to step in and address them.
|Published:||08 February 2022|
|Author(s):||Amy Norman, Niamh O Regan|
It ain’t easy being green: maintaining consumer trust in green goods and addressing ‘greenwashing’ claims
This report examines how government and regulators can address the presence of "greenwashing" to ensure consumers do not feel misled by the costs or benefits of climate policy and green goods.
|Published:||31 August 2021|
Boiler alert: addressing the challenges and trade-offs from the decarbonisation of home heat
Informed by a recent expert roundtable and polling evidence commissioned for the SMF, the report highlights a lack of public understanding of Net Zero and the need to transition homes away from natural gas boilers.
|Published:||02 November 2020|
|Author(s):||Richard Hyde, Amy Norman|
How sustainable finance can tackle the climate emergency
This collection of essays published by the Social Market Foundation think-tank and the Chartered Banker Institute focuses on green finance and the role that financial services can play in delivering environmental goals. Contributors include: Mary Robinson and Sir Roger Gifford.
|Published:||01 July 2019|
|Author:||Social Market Foundation|
Eliminating the poverty premium in energy
This report examines the ‘poverty premium’ in energy – a phenomenon where those living below the poverty line pay more when they buy their gas and electricity than higher-income households.
|Published:||22 April 2018|
|Author(s):||Nigel Keohane, Scott Corfe|
Frozen Out: Business energy supply and the price freeze
This briefing explores the true state of the UK's energy markets and examines the practicalities of the price freeze policy proposed by the Labour Party. It recommends policies which could help boost competition and market efficiency in the energy sector.
|Published:||23 April 2015|
SMF Briefing: Illuminating the energy market – encouraging greater switching
This new briefing paper brings together the evidence on switching, starting with the conundrum of prices rising in tandem with declining switching rates. It examines the characteristics of those who do switch, and considers what policymakers can do to boost consumer trust in the energy market.
|Published:||26 November 2013|