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.
Total CO2 emissions from the United States power sector increased over the period 1990–2005, but peaked soon after, and by 2015 they had declined by 20% compared to 2005. This … read more »
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 »
A team of economists and sustainability researchers answers the key questions around CO2 tax, emissions trading and other forms of carbon pricing. read more »