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Policy design and evaluation

Through both analytical and empirical methods, researchers from this group examine the design and implementation of policies to deliver effective action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

More and more countries and regions are adopting national policies to advance climate change mitigation, ensure climate resilience and protect the environment. In an ever growing landscape of new policy instruments and with increasing experience from past interventions, researchers from this group aim to provide timely insights on the design and performance of climate change policies, as well as their impacts on carbon emissions, innovation, trade, competitiveness and business performance.

Such knowledge can help inform important policy debates, such as the transition towards low-carbon energy sources in the European Union and in emerging and developing economies; the reform of the EU emissions trading system; the UK Industrial Strategy; and the implications for climate change policy of the UK leaving the EU.

Members of this group investigate a  wide range of policy areas, including market-based instruments , trade policies, energy policies and climate impacts and adaptation.


The energy costs of historic preservation

The energy costs of historic preservation

This research investigates the impact of historical preservation policies in England (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) on domestic energy consumption, finding that the policies limit energy consumption savings. read more »