Environment & Energy
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.
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|
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|