What new spending reductions could mean for energy and climate policy
The impact of government proposals on DECC's budget
A combination of effects, such as ring-fencing other departments and applying reductions early on could mean that government proposals to cut expenditure will reduce the Department of Energy and Climate Change's budget by half by 2017-18 and funding for its programmes and staff could fall 90 per cent by 2018-19.
Reducing spending on staffing and innovation could raise energy costs to consumers, by making it harder for the government to negotiate good deals for back up capacity, low carbon generation and other energy services.
Read What new spending reductions could mean for DECC
Press release 3 July 2015
How to achieve resource resilience
What financial analysts can teach us about dealing with resource risk
Our latest policy insight Managing resources for a resilient economy
provides a fresh view of how to deal with the economic and business challenges of managing resources in a global market.
It applies the tried and tested approaches to risk used by financial analysts to resource management, providing important lessons in dealing with price volatility and the uncertainties around critical resources. Crucially, it identifies the risk management advantages of resource efficiency, and especially circular economy models.
Find out more about the work under our Resource Stewardship theme
A UK climate plan for 2015
We set out the decisions the government needs to make this year
In February 2015 the prime minister signed a climate pledge
, promising action in three areas. 2015 is an important year for climate decisions, so there's a need to act fast to be able to deliver on these promises.
Together with CAFOD, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, RSPB and WWF, we‘ve published an action plan
, setting out the key decisions the government needs to take to make sure the UK helps to secure a good deal at the global climate conference this December; that there is clarity on the UK’s low carbon energy transition; and that the government leads on energy efficiency.
News release 8 June 2015
The Great Acceleration
What should the UK do to protect natural systems?
In the latest issue of our journal Inside Track
we explore what the Great Acceleration - the huge increase in the environmental impact of human activity since 1950 - means for the UK. We hear from contributors what the political, public and business responses should be and introduce Green Alliance's new Natural Environment theme.
Contributors include Professor Will Steffen
of the Stockholm Resilience Centre; Dame Helen Ghosh
of the National Trust; Professor Dieter Helm; Martin Nesbit
of IEEP; and Dame Fiona Kendrick
Read the latest edition of Inside Track