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New video: Will Straw on designing carbon taxation to protect low-income households

21 Mar 2013

Speaking at a Joseph Rowntree Foundation event Will Straw, IPPR's associate director for climate change, energy and transport, discusses the implications of the Designing carbon taxation to protect low-income households report.

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Why a 2030 carbon target is good for consumers

18 Mar 2013

energy-pathways slidecast-thumb.jpgWatch IPPR's slidecast Energy pathways to 2030: An overview of choices for the government

IPPR's analysis compares the effects of different potential targets for reducing the carbon intensity of energy generation by 2030. These options include a 200g CO2/kWh target, as was considered in the Department of Energy and Climate Change's recent gas generation strategy, and a 50g CO2/kWh target, as is recommended by the Committee on Climate Change. The current rate is 486g CO2/kwh.

Differences in the present and future cost of gas, wind and other forms of energy generation mean that:

  • Adopting an ambitious clean energy target (50g CO2/kWh) for the power sector in 2030 would not add costs to household energy bills.
  • The target would in fact result in small savings for the economy of £163 million if gas prices rise in line with expectations, or £249 million if gas prices are higher than expected.
  • Conversely, relying on more gas up to 2030 by building more gas-fired power stations (in line with a 200g CO2/kWh target) would cost consumers £312 million, or £478 million if gas prices are higher than expected – equivalent to £10–15 per household.
  • Energy prices would also be more volatile with more gas. On a 200g CO2/kWh trajectory, energy costs could vary by as much as £229 per household; on a 50g CO2/kWh trajectory, energy costs are only likely to vary by around £51 per household.

IPPR makes submission on Energy Bill

23 Jan 2013

On Thursday 17 January, IPPR associate director for globalisation and climate change Will Straw gave evidence to the Energy Bill scrutiny committee.

In summary:

  • IPPR is concerned that the Energy Bill reduces the government’s ambition on carbon emissions reduction by the power sector.
  • To address this, we believe that a target to reduce the carbon intensity of the grid to 50gCO2/kWh by 2030 should be on the face of the bill.
  • The Energy Bill misses an opportunity to improve Britain’s unilateral carbon price floor (CPF) which we believe will increase fuel poverty, harm the competitiveness of domestic energy intensive industries, and fail to reduce global emissions.
  • The energy bill should do more to improve energy efficiency for homes and businesses, which is by far the most effective way of bringing down consumers’ energy bills and stimulating the economy. Greater ambition is also required to protect consumers from unnecessarily high bills.


Joint communique sets out progressive energy policy agenda

27 Jun 2012

IPPR has worked together with energy companies, academics, consumer groups and environmental organisations to establish a common progressive agenda for energy policy. The results of that work are published today in the attached communique.

Event: Shale Gas Environmental Summit

25 May 2012

Reg Platt recently took part in a high-level panel discussion at the 'Shale Gas Environmental Summit’ organised by SMi to discuss shale gas versus wind turbines – which is the better source of energy for the UK?

Reg spoke alongside Paul Ekins, director of research, professor in energy and environmental policy, UCL and Tony Grayling, head of climate change and sustainable development, Environment Agency, among others.

A strong theme running throughout the conference was that, while there is potentially a significant amount of extractable shale gas within the UK, there is also a significant level of concern within communities about the implications of extracting these supplies. It  also remains to be shown how a significant rise in the use of shale gas could be commensurate with meeting the carbon budgets without major advances in carbon capture storage technology – advances that currently seem very far off.