Last weekend, the United Kingdom Government announced a moratorium on fracking, based on evidence from a report by the Oil & Gas Authority (OGA). In this Q&A, Imperial’s Karen Makuch, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law, and Miriam Aczel, President’s Scholar at the Centre for Environmental Policy, consider what led to the ban, and what it might mean for the UK energy sector going forwards. What … Continue reading Fracking Q&A: The background, the ban and what’s coming next
Dr Neil Jennings, Partnership Development Manager at the Grantham Institute, takes a look at the USS pensions scheme and considers how you can take more control of your pension investments. [Updated 10/09/2018] If you could choose where your pension was invested what would you go for? Tobacco companies maybe? I suspect not. But, if you have a USS pension (or potentially any other pension), that … Continue reading Pensions: Invest in our future, not the past
Grantham Institute Head of Policy and Translation, Alyssa Gilbert, thinks about the cosy blanket of funding, investment and support that will nurture innovation and boost efforts to come up with new ways to generate clean energy and avoid dangerous climate change. By now we all know that avoiding dangerous levels of climate change means producing less greenhouse gases, and switching to using more efficient products … Continue reading Funding for low-carbon tech: Why the clean energy ministerial meeting changes everything and nothing
Jo Tyndall, New Zealand’s Climate Change Ambassador, argues that the time has come for fossil fuel subsidies to be removed. This year offers a significant opportunity to take a step towards the elimination of fossil fuel subsidies, as part of global efforts against climate change. With the world’s attention focused on Paris later this month, a broad and growing coalition of governments, businesses and international organisations … Continue reading Reforming harmful fossil fuel subsidies
UK Energy Secretary Amber Rudd announced last week that UK coal power plants will be switched off by 2025. We asked experts across College for their opinions on what this means for energy security, renewable technologies, and climate change. Dr Paul Balcombe Research Associate, Sustainable Gas Institute “The accelerated planned ramp down of coal power plants has been widely met with positive response, but the intention to … Continue reading The end of UK coal – views from Imperial
Energy Secretary Amber Rudd announced today that UK coal power stations will be phased out by 2025, favouring new gas-fired power stations to take their place in the country’s energy mix. The news has been seen by many as the latest in a string of controversial energy policy decisions taken by the Conservative government that have the potential to undermine climate targets. Alyssa Gilbert, … Continue reading UK climate and energy policy at a crossroads
In the run-up to the Paris 2015 UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), countries have been submitting their plans to curb greenhouse gas emissions beyond 2020. But what steps is the oil and gas sector taking to help limit emissions? At a recent Grantham Institute talk, John Knight from Statoil spoke about the progress and actions his company is taking in addressing climate change. Zara … Continue reading How can an oil and gas company prepare for a low carbon world?
By Victoria Burton, Stephane Mangeon, Christoph Mazur, Simon Moulds, Jonathan Ritson, Philip Sandwell, Rebecca Short, and Patric Simoes Pereira Grantham and SSCP-DTP students investigate how climate change and oil exploration are affecting the Arctic, and the potential harm or benefits that these will bring. The Arctic is changing, both environmentally and economically. What was once one of the most inaccessible areas on Earth is … Continue reading The Future of the Arctic