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.
Moovin’ on up: (How) can we use new technologies to improve productivity on Britain’s livestock farms?
British livestock farming has long suffered from low productivity. The post-Brexit era presents an opportunity to promote more productivity-enhancing schemes and clearer policy direction. This report looks to understand the benefits to farmers of using technologies such as precision farming, and how barriers to greater adoption might be overcome.
|Published:||18 October 2022|
|Author(s):||Linus Pardoe, Aveek Bhattacharya|
On Borrowed Time: Future Generations and the Net Zero Transition
The transition to a net zero economy raises questions about when costs should be paid, and by whom. This paper aims to set out a plain-language summary of how to think through two questions with critical implications. How much should we pay now, to avert future costs? And how should we pay, given a choice between carbon pricing and borrowing?
|Published:||14 June 2022|
|Author(s):||Bill Anderson-Samways, John Hobby|
Putting British success on the menu: Time for a UK alternative proteins strategy
This report calls on the UK Government to adopt a comprehensive policy stance on alternative proteins.
|Published:||10 June 2022|
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|
Financial services and net zero: Seizing the opportunity
This briefing explores the role of financial services in decarbonising the UK economy. Looking at the exports and jobs opportunities that could arise from the UK capitalising on its comparative advantage in green financial services, the paper calls on policymakers to ensure that financial services can provide the capital needed for British industries to reach net zero.
|Published:||03 May 2022|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Raúl Rosales|
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|
Road to ruin? Public attitudes towards road pricing as an alternative to the current fuel duty regime
This briefing sets out new public opinion data on one - often deemed controversial - proposal for reforming Fuel and Vehicle Excise Duty: road-pricing.
|Published:||15 October 2021|
Zeroing in: Net Zero disruption and opportunity at a local level
This report presents new analysis of the local-level risks and opportunities associated with efforts to reach Net Zero by 2050.
|Published:||14 September 2021|
|Author(s):||Scott Corfe, Amy Norman|
Raising the steaks: developing a market for alternative protein in the UK
This briefing paper considers whether the UK Government should support the development of alternative meat products as part of fulfilling its Net Zero ambitions.
|Published:||06 September 2021|