What lays at stake for standards organisations pursuing fairness in the carbon market? Lessons from literature applied to practice in the carbon market

Working paper by Anne Tallontire, Lindsay Stringer, Robert Marchant on 1 Oct 2014

In the context of an evolving voluntary carbon standards market, standards organisations are collaborating and competing in order to come up with new tools, rules and marketing strategies which could facilitate the certification of more pro-smallholder and pro-community carbon projects. One particular package is the concept of “fair carbon” projects, and “fairly traded” carbon credits. […]

Shale gas policy in the United Kingdom: An argumentative discourse analysis

Research article by James Van Alstine on 1 Oct 2014

Shale gas has become an energy policy priority in the United Kingdom in light of profitable extraction activities in the United States. Since 2012 the Coalition Government has created key economic drivers to encourage shale exploration, whilst growing activism in affected site communities has stirred significant media and academic commentary. This study examines the growing […]

Unseen influence – the role of low carbon retrofit advisers and installers in the adoption and use of domestic energy technology

Research article by Alice Owen, Andy Gouldson on 1 Oct 2014

Reducing climate changing emissions associated with residential property continues to be a significant challenge. Five case studies of different domestic energy technology schemes in England highlight the influence of advisers and installers in householders’ decisions to adopt low carbon technologies. Many of these advisers and installers are micro-enterprises working in connected groups in particular geographic […]

Barriers to climate change adaptation in sub-Saharan Africa: evidence from northeast Ghana & systematic literature review

Working paper by Philip Antwi-Agyei, Andy Dougill, Lindsay Stringer on 1 Oct 2014

Despite the international significance attached to climate change adaptation, there remains a lack of understanding of the key barriers that impede the effective implementation of adaptation strategies by households across sub-Saharan Africa. Better understanding of the vulnerability of agriculture-dependent households to climate variability requires exploration of the barriers that constrain the implementation of adaptation strategies. […]

A UK dash for ‘smart’ gas

Presentations and data by on 30 Sep 2014

Presentation given at the 10th Academic Conference of the British Institute of Energy Economics (BIEE): ‘Balancing Competing Energy Policy Goals’, held in Oxford in September 2014

Corporate social responsibility, sustainability and the governance of business, Handbook of Sustainable Development: Second Edition

Book Chapter, Book Chapter by Andy Gouldson, Stavros Afionis on 26 Sep 2014

Companies are hugely important actors in modern society and clearly have a critical role to play if we are to make the transition to a more sustainable economy and society. To some extent, it is hoped that their contribution to such a transition will be motivated by their commitments on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Such […]