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  • Samuela Bassi

    Policy Analyst

    Samuela joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in early 2012. As a policy analyst, her role is to respond to policy trends with timely but rigorous analysis. Her focus is on green growth and climate policy.

    Background

    Before joining the Grantham Research Institute, Samuela worked as a senior policy analyst at the Institute for European Environmental Policy, focusing on environmental economics. She previously worked for an environmental consulting company in Italy and at the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Samuela graduated in economics from University of Trieste, Italy, and holds an MSc in Economics from Birkbeck College, London.

    Research interests

    • Green growth policy and economics;
    • The design of policy instruments for climate change and the environment;
    • Provision of policy relevant analysis and communication.

    2014

    Conference presentation  1 July, 2014

    Climate change policies and the UK business sector: Overview, impacts & suggestions for reform

    Presentation given at the 2014 World Congress of Environmental and Resource Economics in Istanbul on 1st July.

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    Conference presentation  25 June, 2014

    A UK ‘dash’ for smart gas poster

    UK dash for shale gas poster read more »

    More in research publications

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    Policy report  16 June, 2015

    Bridging the gap: improving the economic and policy framework for carbon capture and storage in the European Union

    This policy paper outlines measures that need to be taken by EU countries in order to develop and deploy Carbon Capture and Storage technology. read more »

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    Policy report  30 March, 2015

    Climate change priorities for the next UK Government

    The next UK Government after the General Election on 7 May should reform the UK’s overly-complex energy taxation and create new institutions to depoliticise infrastructure investment, particularly in the energy sector. These recommendations are among several new measures outlined in the Institute’s latest policy brief ‘Climate change priorities for the next UK government’. read more »

    2014

    Policy paper  20 December, 2014

    Submission to the inquiry by the House of Commons Select Committee on Energy and Climate Change on ‘ Fuelling the debate: Committee successes and future challenges ’

    Outlines the main energy and climate change challenges in the UK over the next five-year term read more »

    Policy paper  20 December, 2014

    Submission to inquiry on ‘Environmental risks of fracking’ by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee

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

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    Policy paper  6 July, 2014

    Burden or opportunity? How UK emissions reductions policies affect the competitiveness of businesses

    The ongoing review of the UK’s Fourth Carbon Budget is closely linked to the debate over the impact that domestic climate change policies can have on the competitiveness of businesses. … read more »

    Policy report  1 May, 2014

    The US and Action on Climate Change

    Bowen, Alex, 2014. Chapter in: The Global Development of Policy Regimes to Combat Climate Change, World Scientific Publishing. Link to publisher

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    Policy paper  18 March, 2014

    Walking alone? How the UK's carbon targets compare with its competitors'

    The UK Government is reviewing the fourth carbon budget for the period  2023-27. The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the budget, which was originally legislated in … read more »

    2013

    Policy report  4 November, 2013

    Energy use policies and carbon pricing in the UK

    Energy use policies and carbon pricing in the UK read more »

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    Policy paper  1 November, 2013

    Climate change policies and the UK business sector: overview, impacts and suggestions for reform

    The UK has a complex system of energy taxes which affect the business sector. Overlaps between taxes mean that carbon prices are uneven across sectors and fuels, and … read more »

    Policy paper  1 April, 2013

    Decarbonising electricity generation

    The power sector is one of the largest sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the UK and must be largely decarbonised by 2030 if the Government is … read more »

    Policy report  1 March, 2013

    A UK 'dash' for smart gas

    Shifting from coal to natural gas for electricity generation can help the UK power sector to decarbonise in the near term. With good planning and investment, natural gas can support the development of a low-carbon power sector by providing essential backup for intermittent renewables, but could only play a bigger role longer-term if fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology. However, a new UK ‘dash’ for gas on the assumption of low prices is a risky economic and environmental option. A lower risk option is a ‘dash’ for smart gas; using natural gas in those areas where it offers the greatest value in decarbonising the power sector. read more »

    2012

    Policy paper  1 November, 2012

    Less pain, more gain: the potential of carbon pricing to reduce Europe’s fiscal deficits

    An overriding challenge for many European governments and policy-makers is to reduce major fiscal deficits with the least collateral damage to their economy. This paper aims to clarify the … read more »


    More in policy publications

    In the news  7 July, 2015

    Europe is dragging its feet on CCS

    2 July, EurActiv

    In the news  19 June, 2015

    EU Needs More Carbon Capture Technology, Report Says

    Wall Street Journal, 16 June


    Press release  16 June, 2015

    European Union needs to increase investment in carbon capture and storage to meet its climate change targets

    EU countries need to significantly increase investments in carbon capture and storage and show much greater urgency and determination to develop and deploy the technology according to a new report by the Institute. read more »

    2014

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    In the news  7 July, 2014

    Climate change policies 'can increase UK competitiveness'

    Grantham Institute study says climate legislation has not harmed UK businesses and there is no case for weakening carbon targets read more »

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    In the news  7 July, 2014

    UK climate change policies have not harmed economy, report says

    Grantham Institute study says climate legislation has not harmed UK businesses read more »

    2013

    Commentary  5 December, 2013

    UN climate talks: Good COP Bad COP

    COP 19 aimed to progress the negotiations towards a global climate change agreement, which the Parties are seeking to finalise by 2015 at COP 21 in Paris. The conference overran by one day, with a modest outcome. read more »

    Announcement  20 March, 2013

    Launch of report about the future role of natural gas in UK electricity generation

    The Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment today launched their policy brief, ‘A dash for ‘smart gas’? The future role of natural gas in UK electricity generation’, at the House of Commons. This report was published jointly with the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College London. read more »

    Announcement  20 March, 2013

    Launch of report about the future role of natural gas in UK electricity generation

    On Wednesday 20 March, the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment (LSE) launched their policy brief,  ‘A dash for ‘smart gas’? The future role of natural gas in UK … read more »

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    Announcement  1 March, 2013

    Institute to present latest findings on shale gas at LSE student conference

    The Grantham Research Institute will be joining a number of expert speakers at the upcoming LSE Energy Society conference, to be held on the 7th and 8th of March, as … read more »

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    Policy Seminars 24 Jun 2015

    Report Launch (London) | Bridging the gap: improving the economic and policy framework for carbon capture and storage in the European Union

    Agenda Presentation of key findings  Debate:  How can the development and deployment of CCS be accelerated in the EU in the next 5 to 10 years? Panellists:  Michael Schuetz, European … read more »

    Policy Seminars 16 Jun 2015

    Report Launch (Brussels) | Bridging the gap: improving the economic and policy framework for carbon, capture and storage in the European Union

    This event launches a new report by the Institute, in partnership with the Grantham Institute at Imperial College, on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and features a panel discussion on how CCS can be accelerated in the EU in the next 5 to 10 years. read more »

    Grantham Workshop 21 Jan 2015

    Grantham Workshop – Samuela Bassi and Rodney Boyd - "How can policy make carbon capture and storage (CCS) more bankable in the European Union"

    Samuela Bassi, a Policy Analyst at the Grantham Research Institute and Rodney Boyd, a Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Lord Stern, will be the speakers for this seminar. … read more »

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