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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.


Submission to Call for Evidence on Flooding and Coastal Erosion by Defra

Submission to Call for Evidence on Flooding and Coastal Erosion by Defra

This paper summarises the Institute's submission to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ call for evidence on policy direction to prepare the UK for flooding and coastal erosion, drawing on a decade of work by the Grantham Research Institute with the insurance industry and policymakers addressing issues around climate change and adaptation. read more »


How Britain ended its coal addiction

How Britain ended its coal addiction

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 »

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