Samuela Bassi

Statkraft Policy Fellow

Samuela joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment as a policy analyst in early 2012. Since 2016 she manages the Statkraft Policy Research Programme, investigating the transition to a low-carbon economy in Europe. Her work focuses in particular on climate and energy policy and on green growth.

Background

Before joining the Grantham Research Institute, Samuela worked as a senior policy analyst at the Institute for European Environmental Policy in London and in Brussels, focusing on environmental economics. She previously worked for an environmental consulting company in Venice and for the Italian Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York.

Samuela holds MSc’s in Economics from University of Trieste (Italy) and from Birkbeck College, London.

Research interests

  • Design and implementation of climate change policy at EU and international level;
  • Policy and economics of energy technologies;
  • Green growth;
  • 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.

Conference presentation  25 June, 2014

A UK ‘dash’ for smart gas poster

UK dash for shale gas poster read more »

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2016

Policy report  17 November, 2016

Climate policy in China, the European Union and the United States: main drivers and prospects for the future

This report assesses the domestic constraints and opportunities for the development of climate policy in China, the EU and the US. read more »

Policy presentation  21 September, 2016

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

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

Policy presentation  10 May, 2016

UK climate change policy: how does it affect competitiveness?

Presentation given at the UK All-Party Parliamentary Climate Change Group in London on 10 May 2016. read more »

Policy report  10 May, 2016

UK climate change policy: how does it affect competitiveness?

The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that setting a target to reduce UK emissions of greenhouse gases to an average of 57 per cent below their 1990 … read more »

Policy paper  28 February, 2016

Submission to the consultation by the Department for Energy and Climate Change on ensuring regulation encourages innovation

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 the London School of Economics … read more »

Policy paper  28 February, 2016

Submission to the inquiry by the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee on ‘Setting the fifth carbon budget’

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 the London School of Economics … read more »

Policy report  1 February, 2016

Beyond the targets: assessing the political credibility of pledges for the Paris Agreement

This report provides the results of an analysis of “intended nationally determined contributions”, or INDCs, that were submitted by countries ahead of the Paris Agreement on climate change. read more »

Policy report  18 January, 2016

Climate change policy, innovation and growth

New clean technologies are urgently required to meet long-term global climate goals. Simulating the development of these technologies has become worldwide policy priority. This policy brief uses the … read more »

2015

Policy report  8 December, 2015

Beyond the targets: assessing the political credibility of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs)

This paper analyses the credibility of national climate pledges (INDCs). It starts by fleshing out the key determinants of credibility in relation to action on climate change. It then outlines a framework to assess the credibility of a country’s INDC pledges based on these determinants. This framework is used to provide an initial assessment of the credibility of INDCs provided by G20 countries. read more »

Policy paper  23 November, 2015

Consultation response: ‘Reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape'

This policy paper was submitted to HM Treasury in response to its consultation on 'Reforming the business energy efficiency tax landscape'. read more »

Policy presentation  5 November, 2015

Prospects for shale gas in the UK

Presentation given at the ‘LMN Assets – International Gas Conference’ – Session: Shale Gas/ Gas & the Environment, London, 3-4 November 2015

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 »

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 »

Policy presentation  30 September, 2014

A UK dash for ‘smart’ gas

Presentation given at the 10th Academic Conference of the British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE): ‘Balancing Competing Energy Policy Goals’, held in Oxford in September 2014

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

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 »

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 »


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2016

In the news  10 May, 2016

Study: Fifth Carbon Budget 'would not harm' UK competitiveness

BusinessGreen, 10 May

In the news  19 February, 2016

Beyond Paris – the long-term energy outlook

Financial Times, 15 February

In the news  19 February, 2016

Climate report calls for strengthening credibility in action plans

Financial Express, 1 February

In the news  19 February, 2016

The Paris deal is done, but how credible are the pledges?

BusinessGreen, 4 February

In the news  21 January, 2016

Long-term, low-carbon R&D investment should be increased: report

Xinhua, 19 January

In the news  1 January, 2016

What Will It Take for CCS to Have a Future in the European Union?

Cornerstone, The official journal of the world coal industry, 1 January 2016

2015

Commentary  13 December, 2015

COP21: How credible are the INDCs commitments?

After the successful conclusion of the 21st Conference of the Party (COP21), attention is now likely to focus on what countries have promised in their so called ‘Intended Nationally Determined … read more »

In the news  27 November, 2015

Carbon Capture: key green technology shackled by costs

Yahoo, 22 November

In the news  7 October, 2015

Companies Struggle to Make Carbon Capture Viable

New York Times, 6 October

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

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 »

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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Grantham Workshop 22 Nov 2017

Grantham Workshop | Samuela Bassi

Samuela Bassi, Statkraft Policy Fellow at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics, will be the speaker for this seminar.

2016

Policy Seminars 10 May 2016

The fifth carbon budget: how will it affect the UK’s competitiveness?

The Government must legislate the level of the fifth carbon budget, covering the period 2028 to 2032, by the end of June 2016. This event will explore the ambition of … read more »

2015

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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