Policy Design and Evaluation
The Policy Design and Evaluation group analyses the effectiveness and impacts of current and future climate and energy policies.
Robust and coherent policies are vital to tackling climate change. From the local to the international level, governments have considered and implemented policies to deliver deep emissions cuts, and to adapt to the impacts of climate change. But how effective have these policies been and how can their design be improved?
Researchers from this team evaluate policy performance, using empirical and analytical methods. Their aim is to improve the formulation and impact of policy from the UK and European Union as well as from emerging and developing economies. These policy measures include market-based instruments like carbon taxes, emissions trading systems or contracts for difference, but also direct regulations such as technology, portfolio or energy efficiency standards.
The team aims to provide robust evidence to inform public and private sectors’ decisions, to accelerate the transition towards a low-carbon economy.
This paper examines whether energy efficiency standards influence consumer welfare. read more »
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 »
Climate policy has taken a particular hit during a 10-year period of political corruption and uncertainty in South Africa but now the country has a chance to get back on track, say the authors of this commentary. read more »