Latest Publications

Better policies on energy and the environment are urgently needed but those policies must command public confidence and consent. We work to ensure those policies take proper account of the needs of all households.

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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
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Pathway to COP26: the role of green finance

This essay series, collected in partnership with the Chartered Banker Institute, explores the role of green finance in the lead up to COP26 and the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Published: 06 October 2020
Author: Social Market Foundation
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The virus and the climate: winning consent for Net Zero

During the UK’s lockdown, the public accepted considerable social and economic disruption to mitigate the effects of coronavirus. Some have argued that this sets a precedent for further interventions to...
Published: 03 July 2020
Author(s): Amy Norman, James Kirkup
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Investing in Britain’s future

The findings of this report, informed by a recent private SMF roundtable of experts, politicians and sectoral representatives, include recommendations of how the UK Government can tackle both the existing "infrastructure deficit" and weather the economic storm of COVID-19.
Published: 15 June 2020
Author(s): Richard Hyde, James Kirkup
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Recreating parks: securing the future of our urban green spaces

Parks have been a vital public service throughout the UK’s lockdown. But their financial plight and health benefits have not been fully recognised. With parks taking on a new place in the national conversation, now is the time to secure their future.
Published: 18 May 2020
Author: Linus Pardoe
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4IR and the Environment: How the Fourth Industrial Revolution can curb air pollution and decarbonise the economy

This report focuses on the role that Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) technologies can play in reducing air pollution and decarbonising the economy.
Published: 30 January 2020
Author: Scott Corfe
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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
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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
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Incentivising household action on flooding

This report outlines the significant need for increased action from households to protect themselves against the experience and costs of flooding.
Published: 22 March 2018
Author: Matthew Oakley
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