Brexit

The UK’s departure from the European Union may have major implications for future UK and EU climate policy. Although the UK Government has signalled its intention to stick to its existing carbon reduction commitments it remains to be seen how Brexit may impact on this. It is also uncertain whether the UK will remain a member of the EU Emissions Trading System after Brexit.

The UK’s exit from the Single Market is also likely to have an impact on trade for low-carbon goods with the European Union.

Over the coming months the Institute will be analysing the economic and policy implications of Brexit.

Publications and commentaries

 

International carbon markets, linking and post-Brexit UK options

International carbon markets, linking and post-Brexit UK options

a policy presentation by Luca Taschini  30 March, 2017

Presentation given at ‘The impact of Brexit on the UK and European energy markets’ conference organised by Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute on 30 March 2017.


Should the UK stay or should it go? The consequences of a divorce with the EU ETS

Should the UK stay or should it go? The consequences of a divorce with the EU ETS

a commentary by Baran Doda, Luca Taschini, Victoria Druce  14 February, 2017

As the UK prepares for Brexit, its future participation in the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) has yet to be decided. Ian Duncan, Conservative MEP for Scotland and … read more »


UK needs free trade with the European Union in low-carbon technologies

a commentary by Maria Carvalho, Damien Dussaux  8 February, 2017

The cost of climate change mitigation in the UK will increase without a free trade agreement in low-carbon equipment with the European Union say Maria Carvalho and Damien Dussaux in this commentary article. read more »


Submission to inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on ‘Leaving the EU: negotiation priorities for energy and climate change policy’

Submission to inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee on ‘Leaving the EU: negotiation priorities for energy and climate change policy’

a policy paper by Bob Ward, Maria Carvalho  24 January, 2017

This submission to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee’s inquiry on Leaving the EU looks at which aspects of EU policy should be retained and the potential impact of Brexit on Paris Agreement pledges. read more »


With or without you? Why the European Union’s climate targets will be harder to meet post-Brexit

a commentary by Maria Carvalho, Samuel Fankhauser  16 January, 2017

The UK has played an important role in shaping and advancing European action on climate change. Without it, other Member States will find themselves picking up the slack or the EU will miss its greenhouse gas target for 2030, write Maria Carvalho and Sam Fankhauser. read more »


Brexit: implications on climate policy

Brexit: implications on climate policy

a policy presentation by Samuel Fankhauser, Maria Carvalho  19 December, 2016

Presentation given at the LSE Conference ‘Britain and Europe: Towards Brexit?’ in Brussels on 8th December 2016. read more »


Implications of Brexit on Climate Policy

Implications of Brexit on Climate Policy

a policy presentation by Maria Carvalho, Samuel Fankhauser  16 December, 2016

Presentation given at the Britain and Europe: Towards Brexit? LSE Workshop on 6 December 2016.


Submission to the inquiry on ‘Brexit: environment and climate change’ by the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

Submission to the inquiry on ‘Brexit: environment and climate change’ by the House of Lords EU Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

a policy paper by Bob Ward, Maria Carvalho  2 November, 2016

This is a submission by the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of … read more »


Submission to the inquiry by the Energy and Climate Change Committee inquiry on ‘Leaving the EU: implications for UK climate policy’

a policy paper by Baran Doda, Luca Taschini  22 September, 2016

This submission explores whether the UK should seek to stay in or leave the EU emissions trading system (EU ETS) as part of Brexit negotiations. It finds that leaving the EU ETS would result in the UK losing access to low-cost emission reduction opportunities that are only available in what is currently the world’s largest carbon market. It also highlights that leaving the EU ETS to link with other existing or planned emissions trading systems could generate significant administrative costs that potentially offset any economic benefits. read more »


A Fit-for-Purpose Energy Policy for the European Union

A Fit-for-Purpose Energy Policy for the European Union

a policy presentation by Maria Carvalho, Samuel Fankhauser, Samuela Bassi  21 September, 2016

Presentation to the British Institute of Energy Economics Conference in Oxford on 21 September 2016.


Building 21st century sustainable infrastructure (part 1): time to invest

a policy report by Dimitri Zenghelis  12 August, 2016

The new UK Government under Prime Minister Theresa May has committed to boosting UK productivity, to addressing the widening wealth gap, and to supporting the transition to low-carbon … read more »