Blogs: Energy

Energy markets, whether fossil-based or renewable, and their interaction with the wider economy are complex. We help to shed light on these complexities to inform sustainable energy policy.

Carbon-neutral steel-making: is it a possibility?

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Quite literally, steel is the backbone of a modern society. Unfortunately, the production of steel contributes significantly to human-made climate change.

It is very unlikely society will cease to demand steel, so it is important to figure out how the iron and steel industry c…

The impact of a carbon tax in the USA

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Carbon taxes have largely failed to gain traction in the United States, despite being a key requirement for rapid decarbonisation at a local, state or national level.
Policymakers and voters have declined to endorse them, concerned about costs to consumers and negative impacts o…

Green Growth versus Degrowth: lessons from our modelling

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Is it really possible to keep on consuming more and more, while still respecting societal and environmental boundaries?
Will the future be one of green growth (the economy grows while resource use falls) or degrowth (economic growth is constrained in order to reduce environment…

The social cost of carbon; it’s time to kill it

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The social cost of carbon (SCC) is misguided, increasingly irrelevant and should have been abandoned years ago, so argues our Director and Head of Modelling, Hector Pollitt.

What is the social cost of carbon (SCC)?
The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a hideous construct of mai…

What if China said ‘no’ to new coal?

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Head of Modelling, Hector Pollitt, sends us a report from the United Nations climate change talks (COP24) in Katowice, Poland.
The mood going into COP24 has not been overly positive. Yes, there are record numbers of renewables installations, but global emissions are still increa…