2019: the year citizens speak up and governments act to protect our long-term prosperity

At the end of January, the Night of Ideas, an international event staged simultaneously in Paris, London, Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh and worldwide, questioned today’s challenges. The French Institute in London explored citizens’ experiences of today’s most talked-about issues: Europe Beyond Walls and The Earth Here and Now. In this blog, Professor Joanna Haigh, Co-Director of the Grantham Institute, reflects on the role that British and … Continue reading 2019: the year citizens speak up and governments act to protect our long-term prosperity

We know carbon capture and storage (CCS) works – Now it’s time to act

A comprehensive report released yesterday outlines a critical role for carbon capture and storage (CCS) in reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions. Dr Iain Macdonald, Head of Imperial’s Centre for Carbon Capture and Storage (IC4S), explains why this technology is vital – and why there’s still time for the UK to lead the world on CCS. Our government has been dragging its feet on carbon capture … Continue reading We know carbon capture and storage (CCS) works – Now it’s time to act

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In a post-Brexit world, Britain can still lead the way towards a low carbon future

Grantham Institute Head of Policy Alyssa Gilbert on why there’s no time like the present when it comes to seizing the economic and environmental opportunity offered by a low carbon vision of the future. Britain, Britain, Britain. The recent referendum has left many people in the UK, and indeed, in the rest of the European Union, quite shaken. The full spectrum of views, and therefore needs, of … Continue reading In a post-Brexit world, Britain can still lead the way towards a low carbon future

UK climate and energy policy at a crossroads

  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