• Blog: Is the Climate Change Act safe?

    March 28, 2013

    Blog: Is the Climate Change Act safe?

    Is the Climate Change Act safe? By Matthew Lockwood, 26 March 2013 This post first appeared on the Political Climate website So, the Daily Telegraph has called for the repeal of the 2008 Climate Change Act. A piece of legislation that Tony Blair called revolutionary and Friends of the Earth (who had campaigned for it) called ground-breaking. Our current PM, David Cameron, said that the Act would be remembered long after he’d gone (although acerbic critics might add that that date is fast approaching…). Many environmentalists saw the CCA as a key step, locking the

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  • New Thinking Blog: Come on Ed – time to convince us that Labour can deliver green growth

    March 22, 2013

    New Thinking Blog: Come on Ed – time to convince us that Labour can deliver green growth

    Come on Ed – time to convince us that Labour can deliver green growth Caroline Kuzemko, IGov Team, 22nd, March 2013 About Caroline: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Caroline_Kuzemko Twitter: https://twitter.com/CarolineKuzemko It seems that the time is right for Labour to grab both the growth and the sustainable energy mantles. This is not least because it is budget week, which allows for extra Labour air-time. But it is also because of mounting evidence that our Con-Dem Government is failing both to deliver economic growth and to recognise the potential of the low carbon economy. Both Ed Miliband and Ed Balls

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  • Book Chapter: The political economy of low carbon development

    March 22, 2013

    Book Chapter: The political economy of low carbon development

    New book chapter from Matthew Lockwood: The political economy of low carbon development in F. Urban and J. Nordensvard (eds.) Low Carbon Development: Key Issues, published by Earthscan/Routledge. For more information visit the Routledge website. Low Carbon Development: Key Issues is the first comprehensive textbook to address the interface between international development and climate change in a carbon constrained world. It discusses the key conceptual, empirical and policy-related issues of low carbon development and takes an international and interdisciplinary approach to the subject by drawing on insights from across the natural sciences and social sciences

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  • A book review of Carbon Crunch in Juncture

    March 21, 2013

    A book review by Catherine Mitchell of Dieter Helm’s Carbon Crunch in IPPR’s quarterly magazine Juncture – it is available via the Wiley website, for subscribers: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291744-

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  • Guest Blog: Time to learn some nuclear lessons

    March 19, 2013

    Guest Blog: Time to learn some nuclear lessons

    Dr Bridget Woodman, Energy Policy Group – 19th March 2013. As decision day looms on the level of EDF’s strike price for new nuclear output, it’s worth reflecting for a moment on what this process says for the state of energy policy decision making in the UK. The debate about new nuclear build has been protracted and complex.  Back in 2003, nuclear power was ruled out as an economically unattractive option, but by 2007, this position had reversed, with new nuclear build not only an economically viable option, but also the potential saviour in the face of both

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  • New Thinking Blog: Something stirring down on the farm

    March 18, 2013

    New Thinking Blog: Something stirring down on the farm

    Something stirring down on the farm Matthew Lockwood, IGov Team, 18th March 2013 About Matthew: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Matthew_Lockwood Twitter: https://twitter.com/climatepolitics Out of sight of the mass of people living in towns and cities, a quiet revolution is underway in the British countryside as more and more farmers are investing in renewable energy. According to the National Farmers Union, one in five of its members had produced clean electricity from solar or wind by the end of 2012. Between 2011 and 2012 there was a 28% increase in the number of biogas plants, capable of providing both renewable electricity

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  • New Thinking Blog: The New Energy System is Winning the Fight for the Future

    March 11, 2013

    New Thinking Blog: The New Energy System is Winning the Fight for the Future

    The New Energy System is Winning the Fight for the Future Catherine Mitchell, IGov Team, 11th March 2013 About Catherine: http://geography.exeter.ac.uk/staff/index.php?web_id=Catherine_Mitchell Twitter: https://twitter.com/exeterepg In the middle of 2011,  Germany announced its new energy policy: the energiewende or energy transformation. This is a 40 year programme with aspirational targets along the way including for renewable energy to provide 35% of electricity and 18% of energy by 2020 rising to greater than 80% of electricity and 60% of energy by 2050; with total energy demand to be cut by 50% by 2050; total carbon emissions to be cut

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  • Call for Papers: Sustainable Supply Chains and Energy Security

    March 7, 2013

    Call for Papers: Sustainable Supply Chains and Energy Security

    Sustainable Supply Chains and Energy Security (Applied Energy) Guest editors: Prof Catherine Mitchell, Richard Hoggett, Dr Chiara Candelise, Dr Ronan Bolton, Dr Florian Kern Managing Editor: Prof. Jinyue Yan, Editor-in-Chief, Applied Energy Objective: This special issue in Applied Energy will focus on the links between energy security and the supply chains/value chains that make up energy systems. At a macro level, energy systems can be viewed as a supply chain, comprising of multiple and interrelated sub-chains based around different fuels, technologies, infrastructures, and actors. These enable resources to be extracted, transformed and distributed to meet the demand for

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  • Presentation: Consumer Perspectives on the Future of the UK Gas Network

    March 7, 2013

    Presentation: Consumer Perspectives on the Future of the UK Gas Network

    Presentation: The Future of the UK Gas Network – A Consumer Perspective From: Richard Hoggett To: UKERC Meeting Place – The Future of the UK Gas Network, March 2013 Download Consumer Perspectives on the Future of Gas Networks – Hoggett

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  • Presentation: political economy of fossil fuel subsidies in developing countries

    February 28, 2013

    Presentation: political economy of fossil fuel subsidies in developing countries

    Presentation: The Political Economy of Fossil Fuel Subsidies in Developing Countries From: Matthew Lockwood To: Cliamte Change and Development Seminar Series, University of Sussex, Feb 2013 Download – ML Presentation on political economy of fossil fuel subsidies

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