Category Archives: Policy

Sub-category to Political Leadership / NGO engagement

The story of the voles, the ditch and the prime minister

This post is by conservationist and blogger Miles King. A version first appeared on his blog. Those who believe that nature is important and that, for it to be better protected from the activities of people, the best approach is to … Continue reading

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The trouble with targets

This post is by Green Alliance associate Rebecca Willis. It also appears on her website. Yesterday, the prime minister was directly asked the question that we’ve all been waiting for: is the UK’s domestic climate policy compatible with the Climate Change … Continue reading

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The plan to tackle UK air pollution won’t be enough to protect health

This post is by Professor Martin Williams of the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London. He was previously chairman of the Executive Body of the UNECE Convention on Long Range Transboundary Air Pollution. At this time of year it’s customary … Continue reading

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Voluntary approaches to policy making aren’t working

This post is by Paul Morling, principal economist for the RSPB. UK and EU policy makers have increasingly favoured the use of voluntary approaches, like industry self regulation, as a low cost, more flexible alternative to binding regulations or market based … Continue reading

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No more nudges – only an entrepreneurial state can give us a green revolution

This post is by Mariana Mazzucato, RM Phillips professor in the economics of innovation, SPRU, University of Sussex, author of The entrepreneurial state: debunking public vs private sector myths and Green Alliance trustee. Speaking at the start of the COP21 … Continue reading

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The EU’s circular economy package is about a lot more than just recycling

A version of this post first appeared on BusinessGreen. The European Commission this week fired the starting gun on its circular economy programme, and the panoply of documents released shows that it will be a marathon, not a sprint. As … Continue reading

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The surprise death of UK CCS is the real energy reset

Forget the cuts to the RHI. Ignore halving ECO. The biggest change to the UK’s energy strategy didn’t appear in yesterday’s autumn statement. Instead, a two line note snuck out an hour or so after George Osborne finished his speech confirmed that … Continue reading

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Coherence is returning to UK energy policy

UK energy policy took two big steps forward today, after months of self-inflicted damage by a government unclear about what it wanted to achieve. There remain some big gaps, most notably on energy efficiency, onshore wind and solar, but we … Continue reading

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Grimsby shows how offshore wind is supporting jobs and growth

The offshore wind sector is playing an increasingly important role in providing jobs and economic growth along Britain’s North Sea coast. More than one in ten people live in coastal communities, reflecting the UK’s maritime tradition and the historic importance … Continue reading

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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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