Category Archives: Policy

Sub-category to Political Leadership / NGO engagement

Ring-fences and roller coasters: why the Budget looks bad for DECC

Last week, Green Alliance outlined how pre-election Conservative Party spending promises might affect DECC’s budget. The headline was that 90 per cent of DECC’s staff budget could vanish by 2018-19 due to four factors:

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Low carbon infrastructure is vital to UK investment ambitions

George Osborne has two main objectives for government expenditure as chancellor: eliminate the deficit by cutting day to day spending and increase investment by prioritising capital spending. As public expenditure has been reduced the chancellor has looked to the private … Continue reading

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Why government has trouble dealing with big environment issues

This post is by Martin Nesbit, head of the Climate and Environmental Governance Programme at IEEP and former director for EU and International Issues at Defra. A longer version of this piece appears in the latest edition of Green Alliance’s … Continue reading

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Will the next government lead the world in industrial CCS?

This post is by Richard Black, director of the ECIU. It was just over ten years ago that Sir David King, then chief scientific adviser to the British government, beckoned a small group of journalists into a conference room to … Continue reading

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How to build a framework for a greener government

This post is by Duncan Brack, freelance researcher, former DECC special adviser and Green Alliance associate. ‘What does it take to get green policies implemented in government?’ was the question I posed three years ago on this blog, shortly after … Continue reading

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What have we learned from the financial crisis?

The fourth in our series of seminars with economic experts took place on 4 March. It was a discussion on the lessons from the financial crisis with Lucrezia Reichlin (professor of economics and chair of the economics department at the … Continue reading

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Why using CCS for industry as well as power makes sense

The case for carbon capture and storage (CCS) is increasingly confused. The IPCC suggests CCS makes quick, low cost decarbonisation much more feasible, and the prime minister recently declared the technology “absolutely crucial.” But a recent UCL study found that … Continue reading

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Is green growth an oxymoron?

Our series of seminars with economic experts kicked off last July with a discussion on green growth with Dimitri Zenghelis, co-head of climate policy at the Grantham Research Institute at the LSE. In our discussion I took the role of a … Continue reading

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The challenge: keeping the taps running and water bills affordable

This post is written by Alex Townsend, economic advisor, Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change. It first appeared on the CCC blog. Green Alliance launched a report on Wednesday 12 February to promote greater water efficiency as a way to reduce water bills, … Continue reading

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Why greens should embrace digital technology, but not abandon politics

This post first appeared on the Huffington Post. Technological innovation is intoxicating. Digital technologies have evolved so quickly that technology prophets are predicting a ‘digital disruption’, in which vast material bounty is created at such low marginal costs that big … Continue reading

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