Energy and Environment
Debates over climate policy often get bogged down in different judgments about future technological progress and costs. What will our energy mix look like in the distant future? What will be the eventual price of going Net Zero? Some predictions may prove correct; many will not. Arguing hypotheticals rarely bears fruit. However sceptical you may ... Continue reading

IEA research referenced by The Grocer

The Grocer has referenced IEA research on deposit return schemes (DRS). The DRS aims to encourage people to recycle by making consumers pay a small deposit when they buy a drink in a single-use container and then get the deposit back when they return the empty bottle or can. Author of the report, IEA Head ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
The COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying lockdowns reduced global CO2 emissions by 7 percent last year. Some environmentalists, such as the University College London professor Mariana Mazzucato, have thus wondered about the feasibility of future “climate lockdowns […] to tackle a climate emergency.” Yet even if we ignore the negative consequences of prolonged lockdowns on broader health ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment

Alexander Hammond writes for Human Progress

IEA Policy Analyst Alexander Hammond has written an article for Human Progress suggesting that economic prosperity is not necessarily  harmful for the environment. Alex argues that although economic growth necessitates some environmental damage, once nations have achieved a certain level of prosperity, they cease to cause as much damage to the environment as they once ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment
In September, the UK Climate Assembly (an experimental ‘citizen’s assembly’ of sorts), which had met over six weekends last spring, produced its final report of recommendations to the government on how to achieve Net Zero goals. Since convening, it has been hailed as a breakthrough, overcoming an impasse that has beset climate policy since the ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment
In November 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined his 10 point plan for the UK’s ‘Green Industrial Revolution’. One of the goals within this plan was to ‘advance nuclear as a clean energy source’. This is a step in the right direction, because although often negatively portrayed, nuclear energy is the key to a low ... Continue reading

Mark Littlewood quoted by the Mail Online

The IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood argued that many of the measures announced by the Prime Minister as part of his 10-point green industrial revolution  "rely on heavy-handed prohibitions – such as the ban on sales of petrol and diesel cars – rather than price incentives" Quoted by the Mail Online, Mark said that "it ... Continue reading
Energy and Environment

Mark Littlewood quoted by The Telegraph

The government's pump-priming of the green revolution amounts to "an unsatisfactorily high £48,000 per job created", the IEA's Director General Mark Littlewood told the Telegraph. Mark argued that "tax is really the only lever they need to pull. We need to find a fair price for carbon and then allow the market to find whatever ... Continue reading
Economic Theory
According to The Times, Rishi Sunak is considering a proposal for a UK-wide carbon tax. The Chancellor can see two advantages to such a scheme. It would help towards the goal of zero net emissions by 2050 while also raising substantial revenue (a figure of £27 billion by 2030 is quoted), thus reducing the amount by ... Continue reading