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Comment on flawed proposal to cut Air Passenger Duty

Press release  14 January, 2020

Commenting on reports today (Tuesday 14 January 2020) that the Government is to consider cuts to Air Passenger Duty, Professor Sam Fankhauser, Director of the Grantham Research Institute on Climate … read more »


What France’s experience of energy price rises tells us about the likely impact of pricing carbon on jobs and the environment

a commentary by Giovanni Marin, Francesco Vona  17 December, 2019

New research by Giovanni Marin and Francesco Vona finds that increases in energy prices substantially reduce energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions, and only modestly reduce employment and productivity. Meeting … read more »


Election 2019: What the main parties’ manifestos say about zero-emissions transport

a commentary by Sam Unsworth  11 December, 2019

Ahead of the General Election, Sam Unsworth analyses the Conservative and Labour Parties’ manifesto pledges on surface transport decarbonisation and the opportunities offered by growth of the zero-emissions transport sector in the UK. read more »


The climate election: Five radical environmental policies that voters support

The climate election: Five radical environmental policies that voters support

in the news Bob Ward  7 November, 2019

This article considers levels of support for various climate and environmental policies in the run up to the 2019 UK General Election. In the article Bob Ward warns that getting to net zero by 2030 might prove more popular in theory than in practice. read more »


Zero-carbon goods and services need to be at the heart of UK growth

a commentary by Sam Unsworth  30 October, 2019

In the coming years the UK will be competing in a race between economies to become cleaner, smarter and more efficient. The prize? The lion’s share of growing markets for … read more »


Addressing the impacts of climate change through an effective Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage

Addressing the impacts of climate change through an effective Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage

a commentary by Rebecca Byrnes, Swenja Surminski  16 October, 2019

Rebecca Byrnes and Swenja Surminski outline progress of actions taken under the Warsaw International Mechanisms on Loss and Damage – which is designed to help countries deal with the harm caused by climate change – and how to enhance its effectiveness, as the COP25 climate conference gears up to reviewing the mechanism in December. read more »


How Britain ended its coal addiction

How Britain ended its coal addiction

in the news Josh Burke  1 October, 2019

In this article looking at the decline of coal use in the UK Josh Burke says a confluence of market drivers & regulatory interventions (in particular the introduction of a carbon price support scheme in 2013) have steered the UK away from coal. read more »


Researchers warn that world leaders are being misled by economic assessments of future climate change impacts

Press release  20 September, 2019

An international group of researchers today (20 September 2019) warn that policymakers have been receiving economic assessments of future climate change impacts which omit the biggest risks. The researchers on … read more »


Neglect of duty: Why cutting fuel duty is incompatible with a net-zero UK

Neglect of duty: Why cutting fuel duty is incompatible with a net-zero UK

a commentary by Josh Burke  3 September, 2019

Reports that the British Government will reveal plans to cut fuel duty in this week’s pre-Budget announcement are dismaying just four months after it committed to reaching net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, says Josh Burke, especially when there is consensus on how to cut emissions from the transport sector. read more »


Climate crisis: UK cannot reach net zero emissions ‘if ministers remain fixed on economic growth’

Climate crisis: UK cannot reach net zero emissions ‘if ministers remain fixed on economic growth’

in the news Josh Burke  29 August, 2019

This article reflects on comments made by the government’s chief environment scientist on the UK’s net zero target. In the article Josh Burke refers to research by the Grantham Research Institute which shows how achieving net zero and maintaining economic growth are not mutually exclusive. read more »