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.

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 en…

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

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What is the social cost of carbon (SCC)?
The social cost of carbon (SCC) is a hideous construct of mainstream economics. It is designed to show the economic value to the world of reducing a single unit of greenhouse gas emissions. It provides a number that can then be plugged in…

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 incr…

Trump tariffs will not bring back coal

When President Trump announced a tariff on imports of solar panels (which came into effect on 7th February) we immediately ran some figures through our macroeconomic model to assess the impact that the policy might have on the US energy system.

Our analysis shows that Trump’…