Josh Burke

Policy Fellow

Josh is a Policy Fellow in the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment where he leads the policy analysis team on UK climate & energy policy.

Background

Prior to joining the Grantham Institute, Josh was a Senior Research Fellow at Policy Exchange where he led the Energy and Environment department. He was responsible for designing, leading and delivering existing and new research projects focused on energy and environmental policies which respond to the most important questions the UK faces, as well as writing articles, organising events, and talking to policymakers, experts and opinion formers from government, academia, NGOs, Parliament and business.

Before this he worked as a Project Manager in an AiM listed renewable energy project developer focussing on distributed generation. His professional experience also includes work in the public policy sphere at both Chatham House and The Overseas Development Institute. He has a BSc in Geography from the University of Nottingham, and an MSc in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London.

Research and policy interests

  • Understanding the barriers to the UK’S low-carbon energy transition
  • Design of economy-wide economic policy framework for decarbonisation.
  • The role of gas in a decarbonised world
  • Ensuring the political sustainability of climate policy
Policy publications  2 August, 2019

Global lessons for the UK in carbon taxes

This policy brief analyses global trends in carbon taxation and differences in tax design around the world to draw out lessons for the design of a possible new carbon tax for the UK, as the country plans how to meet its ambitious new net-zero emissions target and how it prices carbon after Brexit. read more »

Policy publications  2 August, 2019

The future of carbon pricing: Consultation response

This written evidence was submitted on 12 July 2019 to the joint consultation into ‘The future of carbon pricing’, being carried out by the UK, Scottish and Welsh Governments, and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs in Northern Ireland. read more »

Policy publications  22 May, 2019

How to price carbon to reach net-zero emissions in the UK

This report explains the importance of pricing carbon as a key component of any strategy to reach net-zero emissions in the UK, setting out how the price may differ sector to sector and how to incentivise negative emissions. read more »

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In the news  2 August, 2019

What the UK can learn from carbon pricing schemes

Josh Burke and Rebecca Byrnes discuss new research into global approaches to carbon pricing. read more »

Commentary  27 July, 2019

To what extent should we be talking of ‘waging war’ on climate change?

Josh Burke argues that using the metaphor of war could be detrimental to communicating the climate message – but may help encourage the investment in innovation and structural changes we need. read more »

Commentary  24 June, 2019

A strong carbon price to help the UK get to net-zero

Carbon pricing could form the policy bedrock for a net-zero target, argues Josh Burke Inaction on climate change puts the world in grave danger. Action must, therefore, be accelerated. This … read more »

Commentary  30 April, 2019

What is net zero?

What does ‘net-zero’ emissions mean and what are the challenges – from technological to moral – to achieving it, in the UK and worldwide? read more »

Commentary  28 February, 2019

Is the UK doing enough to prepare for the last days of coal and the eventual phase-out of oil and gas?

The UK’s coal phase-out may be proceeding apace but there remains a gap where ‘just transition’ plans should sit – for coal and for other fossil fuel industry – argues Josh Burke. read more »

2018

Commentary  30 October, 2018

What does the October 2018 Budget mean for UK carbon pricing in a no-deal Brexit?

To tax or to trade – that is the question. Following the October Budget, and as Brexit looms, Josh Burke assesses the policy landscape around carbon pricing in the UK. read more »

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