Category Archives: Low carbon energy

Unpicking the modernisation of the UK economy one step at a time

It generally pays to remain sanguine in the face of the ups and downs of the public policy debate, because it’s usually driven by short term concerns that don’t have a lasting effect in the real world. Last week, however, … Continue reading

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How to make high rise homes fit for the future

This post is by James Traynor, director of architecture at ECD Architects. Is it right that people live in homes they can’t afford to heat without taking out a loan, and which cause them health problems from excessive humidity and … Continue reading

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Why old tower blocks should be included in new city visions

UK cities have been growing in influence for some years now. This looks set to continue as the devolution debate rumbles on in the wake of the Scottish referendum. At Green Alliance we’re interested in the potential of cities to … Continue reading

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A new strategy for the next era of green policy

A lot has changed since Green Alliance was founded 35 years ago. Most of the people who partied with us at our celebration last night were still at school, and some hadn’t been born.  So let’s just remind ourselves: in … Continue reading

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The 2020s loom large for the UK’s offshore wind industry

This post was first published on BusinessGreen. A week may be a long time in politics, but a decade is short in the world of infrastructure. The 180 months remaining between now and 2030 only get us to the early … Continue reading

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Why the EU2030 climate agreement is progress

The new EU 2030 climate package is a messy compromise, just like every other negotiated agreement in history, but it constitutes real progress. It is progress because we now have the most ambitious regional agreement on emissions reduction anywhere in … Continue reading

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Is the US outclassing the UK on climate statesmanship?

Al Gore is the famous what-if of US climate politics, given the controversial near miss that was the presidential election of 2000, combined with his subsequent activism.  His film, ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, won two Academy Awards, and the man himself … Continue reading

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Stern’s gone global, but is the Treasury still listening?

This week, the New Climate Economy (NCE) project published its report spelling out the compelling economic logic behind moving to a low carbon world. In contrast to the earlier Stern Review, there has been a focus on large and fast … Continue reading

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Flaming June? We need leadership at the Paris climate summit

This post is by Eddie O’Connor, co-founder of Mainstream Renewable Power, it first appeared on his blog. We used to think that ‘Flaming June’ was rose-tinted nostalgia for long lost summer holidays, but this year the National Oceanic and Atmospheric … Continue reading

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From megawatts to negawatts: will the government’s pilot work?

This post is by Katherine Watts, Green Alliance’s head of energy. The full potential of reducing electricity demand is still far from being realised in the UK, despite being a low cost, low pollution and health improving way to reduce … Continue reading

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