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The energy costs of historic preservation

a working paper by Christian Hilber, Charles Palmer, Edward Pinchbeck 4 days ago

This research investigates the impact of historical preservation policies in England (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) on domestic energy consumption, finding that the policies limit energy consumption savings. read more »


Knowledge spillovers from clean and dirty technologies

Knowledge spillovers from clean and dirty technologies

a working paper by Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Ralf Martin, Myra Mohnen 6 days ago

Government policy in support of innovation often varies across technology areas. An important example are climate change policies that typically try to support so-called clean technologies that avoid greenhouse gas pollution and hamper dirty technologies that are associated with polluting emissions. This paper explores the economic consequences of such policy moves in the short run. read more »


Economic growth and development with low-carbon energy

Economic growth and development with low-carbon energy

a research article by Sam Fankhauser, Frank Jotzo 9 days ago

Energy is needed for economic growth, and access to cheap, reliable energy is an essential development objective. Historically most incremental energy demand has been met through fossil fuels; however, … read more »


Geoengineering at the ‘edge of the world’: exploring perceptions of ocean fertilization through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation

Geoengineering at the ‘edge of the world’: exploring perceptions of ocean fertilization through the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation

a working paper by Kate Elizabeth Gannon, Mike Hulme 21 days ago

This paper describes an opportunistic case study of the 2012 Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation’s ocean fertilization project. read more »


The effects of home energy efficiency upgrades on social housing tenants: evidence from Ireland

a working paper by Bryan Coyne, Sean Lyons, Daire McCoy 21 days ago

This research examines the impact of a home energy efficiency upgrade programme on social housing tenants, drawing from a sample from a large home energy efficiency programme in Ireland, the SEAI Better Energy Communities Scheme. read more »


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Correspondence between Bob Ward and the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP

Correspondence between Bob Ward and the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP

a briefing note by Bob Ward 7 days ago

Correspondence between Bob Ward and the Rt Hon Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology. In the correspondence Bob Ward asserts that Graham Stringer MP cited … read more »


Correspondence between Bob Ward and Graham Stringer MP

Correspondence between Bob Ward and Graham Stringer MP

a briefing note by Bob Ward 7 days ago

Correspondence between Bob Ward and Graham Stringer MP, member of the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology. The correspondence relates to a letter to ‘The Times’ and an article in the ‘Daily Mail’, from Graham Stringer MP, which were published on 20 September. In the correspondence Bob Ward asserts the MP misrepresented the findings of the paper on ‘Emission budgets and pathways consistent with limiting warming to 1.5˚C’ by Richard Millar and co-authors, which was published in ‘Nature Geoscience’ on 18 September. read more »


Guide: How to understand and interpret global climate model results

Global climate models (GCMs) are the most widely used method to understand future climate change. A new guide from the Future Climate for Africa Programme explains how to interpret GCM … read more »


China’s leadership in fostering and financing infrastructure investment for a sustainable and dynamic future

China’s leadership in fostering and financing infrastructure investment for a sustainable and dynamic future

a policy report by Nicholas Stern, Isabella Neuweg, Patrick Curran about 2 months ago

A previous draft of this report was published as a background paper submission to the China Development Forum 2017. An 8-page summary policy brief is also available.  Headline issue China … read more »


Private Sector Adaptation Strategies: How SMEs start to respond to Senegal’s semi-arid zones (In French)

Although research on climate change adaptation has been conducted on households and communities, particularly in Senegal’s semi-arid lands (SALs), very little attention has been paid to the local private sector, … read more »


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Building preservation policies cost English households £500 million in energy bills every year, study finds

Press release 4 days ago

Residents of Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas miss out on saving up to £240 on annual energy bills because preservation policies make it harder to reduce energy use, according to a new study published by the Grantham Research Institute. read more »


Clean Growth Strategy: Much to praise but many aspirations rather than tangible policy commitments

a commentary by Sam Fankhauser 6 days ago

Mobilising private sector funding and implementing a strong industrial strategy will be critical to the sucess of the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy says Sam Fankhauser. read more »


Climate change ‘sceptics’ know they have lost the argument, but they are still churning out propaganda

a commentary by Bob Ward 6 days ago

In this commentary Bob Ward says prominent climate sceptics in the UK, including Matt Ridley and Graham Stringer MP, are continuing to misrepresent the facts. This is despite Matt Ridley admitting in The Times that he and Lord Lawson “have so far largely lost the argument on climate change”. read more »


Response to publication of Clean Growth Strategy

Press release 7 days ago

Responding to the publication today  (12 October 2017) of the UK’s Clean Growth Strategy by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Professor Sam Fankhauser, Director of the Grantham … read more »


Repeal of the US Clean Power Plan “makes no economic sense”

Press release 9 days ago

Commenting on the announcement expected today that the United States Environmental Protection Agency is planning to repeal President Obama’s Clean Power Plan, Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the … read more »


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