The future savings challenge

The implications of Generation Y’s attitude to finance and sustainability

The future savings challenge
Generation Y’s future quality of life will depend upon the sustainability of investment decisions being made by the financial sector today.

Based on focus groups with 37 young professionals from Generation Y, this report looks at the state of demand among this generation for sustainable financial products, and makes recommendations for how government and the savings sector should protect the long term interests of this group of savers. 

Press release 21 August 2014: "Savings industry faces uphill battle to unleash 'Generation Y’s' potential and build a sustainable future"

Kickstarting negawatts

How to realise the untapped potential of energy efficiency

Kickstarting negawatts
There is huge potential for electricity efficiency to reduce peak demand in the UK.

Drawing on experience from the US and examples of progressive schemes here in the UK, our report Kickstarting the negawatts market recommends how the government should improve its new two year pilot scheme so it can properly test the contribution of energy demand reduction in the capacity market

News release 18 July 2014 'Negawatt market could displace eight UK power stations'

Wasted opportunities

Inconsistent recycling is losing the UK £1.7bn a year

Wasted opportunities
UK recycling policy has stalled. Our outdated system wastes £1.7 billion every year, and stops companies from investing in and sourcing recycled content from the UK. 

Wasted opportunities: smarter systems for resource recovery, the second report from the Circular Economy Task Force, a consortium of eight leading businesses, describes how a better system would realise the value of waste materials. 

The report outlines two ways government could create a more circular economy for discarded materials, providing more opportunities for remanufacturing and reuse.

News release 15 July 2014                   #thinkcircular

Annual review 2013

Annual review 2013
Despite a difficult political environment, we had significant impact in some key areas in 2013.

Highlights included influencing the government to act on electricity efficiency, auditing the environmental performance of the three main parties, hosting major political speeches and shaping the debate on a greener economy, particularly through research into how to achieve a more circular economy and the role of low carbon infrastructure.

The digital review of our work in 2013 also provides links to our publications and more details.

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