Closing the clean power gap

Our analysis of government spending plans on renewables
Closing the clean power gap
Past government policy has cut the cost of renewables and made offshore wind the cheapest source of power in the UK. However, a current policy freeze means we are underdeploying renewable energy and investment and it is set to fall in future. This will make energy more expensive and means the UK will miss its carbon targets.

We argue that the government should commit to continued support for renewables to cut carbon faster and keep consumer energy bills down. 

Closing the clean power gap

Press release: 13 September 2017

Creating new markets for ecosystem services from land

How a Natural Infrastructure Scheme would work in practice
Creating new markets for ecosystem services from land
UK farmers face new challenges from changes to the agricultural subsidy regime post-Brexit. Our Natural Infrastructure Scheme concept, would create new sources of income for farmers through a new market for services, like natural flood management. 

Using a hypothetical case for a scheme in the north west, we show how the scheme would work in practice and enable upland farmers to earn a clear profit from private water management contracts with businesses and organisations in areas susceptible to flooding. 

Natural Infrastructure Schemes in practice: how to create new markets for ecosystem services from land

Press release: 8 September 2017

Why the UK needs an ambitious clean growth plan now

New report from CAFOD, Christian Aid, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, RSPB and WWF
Why the UK needs an ambitious clean growth plan now
The UK has a good track record on climate action, showing ambition on its carbon goals at home and helping to set strong international standards.

But no significant policy plans have been published since the fifth carbon budget was set in June 2016, and the UK's current policies fall short of meeting the fourth carbon budget.

We show the consequences of delaying low carbon policy for the power, transport and heat sectors, and highlight how the UK would benefit from an ambitious clean growth plan this year.

Why the UK needs an ambitious clean growth plan now

Press release: 25 August 2017

Negotiating Brexit

Positive outcomes for the UK on energy and climate
Negotiating Brexit
With Brexit, the UK’s future relationship with the EU on energy and climate policy is unclear. But businesses are calling for clarity while they put investment decisions on hold.

High levels of co-operation on energy and climate between the UK and EU will still be the best way to decarbonise rapidly at low cost.

We identify what a good Brexit would look like for energy and climate, and propose that the UK should seek to negotiate a ‘Paris co-operation track’ with the EU to maximise the mutual benefits of continued co-operation.

Negotiating Brexit: positive outcomes for the UK on energy and climate

Greener UK

Greener UK is assessing Brexit's environmental impact
Greener UK
Greener UK is a coalition of 13 major environmental organisations, united in the belief that leaving the EU is a pivotal moment to restore and enhance the UK's environment.

On the anniversary of the referendum, the coalition published its first assessment of the environmental impact of Brexit under its comprehensive Risk Tracker. The Brexit Risk Tracker shows which policy areas are more secure, and which are most at risk.

Greener UK's manifesto sets out eight necessary actions to make the vision of a greener UK a reality.

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