Policy briefs are aimed at a broad readership of decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors, UK and overseas, based on research carried out by members of the Centre.
These documents may involve collaborations with other individuals or organisations (such as the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment or the Sustainability Research Institute).
Each brief is reviewed by at least two internal referees before being professionally typeset and published.
An Independent National Adaptation Programme for England
Sam Fankhauser, Nicola Ranger, Jonathan Colmer, Susannah Fisher, Swenja Surminski, David Stainforth and Andrew Williamson
A UK 'dash' for smart gas
Samuela Bassi, James Rydge, Cheng Seong Khor, Sam Fankhauser, Neil Hirst and Bob Ward
Shifting from coal to natural gas for electricity generation can help the UK power sector to decarbonise in the near term. With good planning and investment, natural gas can support the development of a low-carbon power sector by providing essential backup for intermittent renewables, but could only play a bigger role longer-term if fitted with carbon capture and storage (CCS) technology.
However, a new UK ‘dash’ for gas on the assumption of low prices is a risky economic and environmental option. A lower risk option is a ‘dash’ for smart gas; using natural gas in those areas where it offers the greatest value in decarbonising the power sector.
The case for and against onshore wind energy in the UK
Samuela Bassi, Alex Bowen and Sam Fankhauser
A strategy for restoring confidence and economic growth through green investment and innovation
The case for carbon pricing
The basic economics of low-carbon growth in the UK
Mattia Romani, Nicholas Stern and Dimitri Zenghelis
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Adaptation in the UK: a decision-making process
Nicola Ranger, Antony Millner, Simon Dietz, Sam Fankhauser, Ana Lopez and Giovanni Ruta
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Mitigating climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions: is it possible to limit global warming to no more than 1.5°C?
Nicola Ranger, Laila Gohar, Jason Lowe, Alex Bowen and Robert Ward
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Deciding our future in Copenhagen: will the world rise to the challenge of climate change?
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Mitigating climate change through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions: the science and economics of future paths for global annual emissions
Alex Bowen and Nicola Ranger
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An outline of the case for a 'green' stimulus
Alex Bowen, Samuel Fankhauser, Nicholas Stern and Dimitri Zenghelis
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