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Getting to grips with localism


Last week saw the publication of the Localism Bill. We'll be reading it over Christmas and are looking forward to debating what it means for the environment at our 2011 conference. 'Power shift - Big Society, localism and the environment' will provide us with a unique opportunity to examine the Big Society and localism agendas in light of efforts to build a more sustainable society. NIck Hurd MP, minister for civil society, heads up a stellar list of speakers and we hope you can join us to add your voice to the debate.


Low carbon energy reforms will test coalition's courage


On Thursday, the government published two major consultations: the treasury published a consultation on the introduction of a carbon floor price and DECC published its Electricity Market Reform (EMR) consultation looking at broader reforms on the electricity market. So will the reform package really deliver a decarbonised electricity sector? Our director Matthew Spencer, discusses the strenghts and weakneses of the options being considered in BusinessGreen.
Read more >> 


David Cameron's Christmas wish: a smaller EU budget

Europe map

David Cameron is making a habit of writing letters asking for a smaller EU budget. Back in October, 12 other member states joined with him in calling for the 2011 EU budget to reflect national austerity measures. Then, at last Friday’s European Council summit, the Prime Minister announced that another letter is on its way, this time calling for a limit on the increase of the next multiannual financial framework to no more than inflation.Our latest commentary article at considers the prospects for the UK’s EU budget strategy. 


The Big Society conference

The Green Alliance 2011 conference will be focused on the Big Society and localism agendas.
To attend visit the booking website>>


A brighter future

We've examined options for electricity market reform ahead of the government's imminent consultation (see feature left). In the report, leading experts in the field examine what electricity reform needs to achieve, the barriers and opportunities, and the merits of various reform options.
Read it here >>

Project news

New leaders

Our Climate Leadership Programme helps new MPs develop knowledge and skills on the climate agenda. In November we brought new Conservative and Liberal Democrat MPs together with climate experts, including discussions with Greg Barker and Chris Huhne. And our joint event this week with the Royal Society gave a cross-party group of MPs the chance to discuss climate science with three eminent Royal Society Fellows.
Find out more >> 

Green living

We save you time with the new resource on our blog summarising the best articles we've found on Green Living topics.
Visit the blog >>

Low Carbon EU 

Our new website explains the EU budget process and discusses issues around EU budget reform for a low carbon future.

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