Industry responds to the Government's consultations on packaging waste

Bright Blue’s Researcher, William Nicolle, was recently quoted in an article covering industry responses to the Government’s packaging consultations.

“Calling people citizens rather than consumers is an important point because you need to engage them. Com­municating this is important – not just changing the word but putting the word ‘citizen’ in front of people in a way where they have to be engaged – this is an area for further research.”

Read the article in MRW here.

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Low carbon gas obligation featured in the Treasury's 2019 Spring Statement

Bright Blue’s latest report, Pressure in the pipeline, has had it’s policy recommendation of obligating suppliers to inject lower carbon gas into the grid adopted in the latest Spring Statement, as covered by Ends Report.

Ryan Shorthouse, Bright Blue’s Director and co-author of the report, was featured in the article as welcoming the new low-carbon gas obligation, which should be introduced by Ofgem from April 2021.

Read the article in Ends Report here.

Read Bright Blue’s report, Pressure in the pipeline here.

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Green economy reacts to the latest Spring Statement

Bright Blue’s latest report on decarbonising the UK’s gas networks, entitled Pressure in the pipeline, has had one of it’s policy recommendations adopted in the recent Spring Statement, as covered by Edie.

Bright Blue’s Director and co-author of the report, Ryan Shorthouse, said:

“The Government has rightly adopted Bright Blue’s policy of introducing an obligation on gas suppliers to ensure a certain proportion of green gas is in the grid. The detail is to come, but a new low carbon gas obligation on gas suppliers should be introduced by Ofgem in the next price control framework from April 2021."

Read the article in Edie here.

Read Bright Blue’s report, Pressure in the pipeline here.

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Gas grid decarbonisation needed, report argues

Bright Blue’s latest report on decarbonising the UK’s gas networks featured in an article by Network.

The report, entitled Pressure in the pipeline, argues that deeper decarbonisation of UK gas is essential if the country is to meet its current and likely future emissions reduction target. The report assesses how to decarbonise gas in the UK by increasing the supply of low carbon gases and by reducing demand for gas in the heat sector. It calls for new government investment and incentives for decarbonisation to be an urgent priority in Ofgem's next price control framework for gas from April 2021.

Read the coverage in Network here.

Read Bright Blue’s report, Pressure in the pipeline here.

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Gas must be ‘completely’ decarbonised by 2050, says UK think-tank

Bright Blue’s latest report on decarbonising the UK’s gas networks, entitled Pressure in the pipeline, has been covered by Euractiv.

The report says demand for natural gas in the heat sector must diminish, and calls for government incentives to boost the supply of low-carbon gases.

With the right incentives, the government can eventually end the UK’s dependency on natural gas.

Read the coverage in Euractiv here.

Read Bright Blue’s report, Pressure in the pipeline here.

UK gas ‘must completely decarbonize’ to hit climate goals

Bright Blue’s latest report, Pressure in the pipeline, was covered in an article by Power Engineering International.

Wilf Lytton, Bright Blue senior researcher and co-author of the report, said:

“The UK gas must be completely decarbonised during the coming three decades if this country is to meet its current and likely future legal emissions reduction target.”

Read the article in Power Engineering International here.

Read Bright Blue’s report, Pressure in the pipeline here.

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Think tank calls for low carbon gas obligation

Bright Blue’s latest report, Pressure in the pipeline, was featured in theenergist.

The report calls for the Government and Ofgem to implement a low carbon gas obligation.

Commenting on the research, Wilf Lytton, Senior Researcher at Bright Blue said,

“Ofgem should introduce a new low-carbon gas obligation. This will enable the UK to decarbonise the gas network at the lowest possible cost, without distorting the market and removing the need to subsidise alternatives to natural gas.”

Read the article in theenergist here.

Read Bright Blue’s report, Pressure in the pipeline here.

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'Urgent priority': Major rethink required to spur green gas investment

Bright Blue’s latest report on decarbonising the UK’s gas networks, entitled Pressure in the pipeline, has been covered by an article in BusinessGreen.

The report calls for the Government to encourage gas network decarbonisation as an urgent priority.

It makes the case for a new 'low carbon gas obligation' on gas suppliers with a requirement to deliver a steadily increasing proportion of biomethane, bioSNG, and hydrogen to the gas network.

Read the coverage in BusinessGreen here.

Read Bright Blue’s report, Pressure in the pipeline here.

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Now the strategy is out, the real work begins...

Bright Blue’s Wilf Lytton was quoted in an MRW article on the Government’s 2018 Resources and Waste Strategy for England.

Wilf Lytton, Senior Researcher at Bright Blue, said:

““Is the plastic produced with 30% recycled material itself recyclable? Otherwise you are not achieving a great deal and could produce a more damag­ing product,”

“And how do you ensure compliance of plastics pro­duced overseas and sold into the UK? It’s pretty hard to get right.”

Read the full article here.

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Seven business takeaways from the new Clean Air Strategy

Bright Blue was quoted in a BusinessGreen article on the Government’s 2019 Clean Air Strategy.

Bright Blue’s Director, Ryan Shorthouse, said:

“The UK government needs to urgently establish a network of clean air zones across the country by enabling all local councils to introduce them where illegal levels of air pollution are occurring"

“And the UK government should change legislation to enable local authorities to strive for reasonable profits from the administration of their clean air zones. This could yield revenue for local authorities to take further measures to make local transport cleaner, such as the introduction of local diesel scrappage schemes and more charging points for electric vehicles."

Read the full article here.

Read Bright Blue’s response to the Clean Air Strategy 2019.

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Government Launches Clean Air Strategy But Does It Go Far Enough?

Bright Blue’s Director, Ryan Shorthouse was quoted in an article on the Government’s recently launched Clean Air Strategy, published in Human Rights News.

He described the strategy as being ‘inadequate’ and called on the government to allow local councils to introduce a network of clean air zones.

Read the full article here.

Read Bright Blue’s response to the Clean Air Strategy 2019.

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Ten years of the Climate Change Act. We need a new target to get net emissions down to zero.

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Bright Blue’s Wilf Lytton wrote an article for Conservative Home on the ten year anniversary of the 2008 Climate Change Act.

In it, he explains how decarbonising our economy during the last decade has led to both environmental and economic benefits, including the development of cheaper and cleaner energy supply and the growth of jobs in the green economy. The article also looks ahead at what the latest evidence around climate change means for the UK’s emissions targets.

Read the article here.

Towards a 'Global Deal for Nature and People'

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Bright Blue’s polling report Green conservatives? was referenced in an article written by the WWF’s Tony Juniper, for the Ecologist.

In the article, Tony says how the findings of our polling “help explain the subsequent very welcome rise in profile of environmental issues in politics, laying the foundations for stronger cross-party consensus.”

Read the full article here.

Eamonn Ives: No, Brexit will not threaten all creatures great and small

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Our Researcher, Eamonn Ives, has written an op-ed for ConservativeHome on animal welfare after Brexit. In his article, Eamonn argues that leaving the EU could minimise animal suffering if it allows for the adoption of a more favourable regulatory regime to cultured meat. Here’s an excerpt:

The EU’s long-standing opposition to genetic modification, and more recent hostility towards the much less controversial ‘gene editing’, means that one can be forgiven for being pessimistic about the EU forgoing the hyper-precautionary mindset which it has displayed in the past.

Read the full article here.

Response to International Development Select Committee's inquiry into UK aid for combating climate change

Bright Blue’s written evidence submission to the International Development Select Committee’s inquiry into UK aid for combating climate change has been published online.

In the submission, we refer to research contained in our report Saving global nature, which called upon the Government to divert more of the international aid budget towards nature conservation. Many of the measures we proposed the international aid budget being spent on could also help to mitigate climate change - such as reforestation.

Read the full submission here.

Response to BEIS Select Committee's inquiry into carbon capture, usage and storage

Bright Blue’s written evidence submission to the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee’s inquiry into carbon capture, usage and storage has been published online.

In the response, we highlight the research included in our report Hotting up, which recommends the deployment of a carbon capture and storage ‘demonstration project’ in an industrial cluster in the UK, such as Teesside, where there are economies of scale from the sharing of infrastructure to transport the captured carbon dioxide and to store it

Read out full response here.

Climate change: why conservative ideas need more traction

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Our Researcher, Eamonn Ives, was interviewed by A greener life, a greener world to discuss conservatism and environmentalism. Eamonn begins by arguing that conservative thinkers and politicians have long shown natural environmental credentials. He then makes the case that other principles, such as belief in free markets, are the best way to approach interacting with the environment, as they most effectively capture what type of world people really want to live in.

Here’s an excerpt:

The standard of environmentalism cannot, and should not, be pristine wilderness – a state of nature-esque affair. This would be a horrible and unenjoyable situation, and holding up the environment to that level is borderline dangerous. Inevitably, as humans, we impact our environment. In order to survive, we have to turn grasslands into productive farms, chop down forests for building material, and, occasionally, concrete over green spaces. The question, therefore, should be about how best we do that, and, as I’ve said before, I think that is through the efficiency which capitalism invariably provides.

Read the full interview here.

Birmingham's clean air zone 'should be extended across the West Midlands to save lives'

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The publication of our latest report, Clearing the air: reducing air pollution in the West Midlands, has been covered by the Birmingham Mail. The article also quotes our Researcher and co-author of the report, Eamonn Ives. Speaking about the findings of the research, Eamonn said:

Concern for air pollution in the West Midlands is widespread amongst the public, and many believe that not enough is being done to resolve it.

Read the full article here.

WHO: Air pollution 'poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives'

The publication of our latest report, Clearing the air: reducing air pollution in the West Midlands, has been covered in an article by BusinessGreen. The article also quotes our Researcher and co-author of the report, Eamonn Ives. Speaking about the findings of the research, Eamonn said:

In this year's Budget, the Chancellor should be bold and announce that the UK government will change legislation to enable local and combined governments to strive for reasonable profits from the administration of their Clean Air Zones

Read the full article here.