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National grid and the energy sector react to Labour's plans to renationalise the energy network, saying it will hamper moves towards green energy

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There have been widespread reactions today to the Labour Party’s plans for the energy sector if elected.

The reactions focus on two aspects of Labour’s announcements: to renationalise the energy network, and install one million solar panels on low-income households.

Here is an excerpt from National Grid’s reaction:

“Proposals for state ownership of the energy networks would only serve to delay the huge amount of progress and investment that is already helping to make this country a leader in the move to green energy”

Read more on the story as covered by Carbon Brief here.

Bright Blue polling influential in The Committee on Climate Change’s recent net zero report

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The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently published their much anticipated report, Net zero: The UK’s contribution to stopping climate change, on the feasibility of the UK adopting a legal, net zero greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) target to be met by 2050.

The report draws on Bright Blue polling conducted last year to make the case of there being public support for a legal, net zero GHG target. In particular, our polling shows that 75% of UK adults are fairly or very concerned about climate change, and 64% favour the UK aiming to reduce GHG emissions to net zero in the next few decades.

The CCC’s report similarly cited another piece of Bright Blue’s polling work, that found climate change was the top issue that 18 - 25 year olds wanted senior politicians to address.

Read the CCC’s report here, and Bright Blue’s polling work on net zero and concern about climate change here.

Bright Blue's submission of written evidence published in the International Development Committee's inquiry into UK aid and climate change

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The International Development Committee launched an inquiry into UK aid and climate change in July of last year. The final report was published today.

Bright Blue contributed to the report through a written evidence submission. Our policy recommendations were based on our policy paper, Saving Global Nature: greening UK Official Development Assistance. Amongst the recommendations, we called for at least £1 billion of the Overseas Development Assistance budget to be spent on global nature conservation annually.

Read the International Development Committee’s report here, and Bright Blue’s written evidence submission here.

Theresa May should adopt a net zero target before she departs Number 10, says Bright Blue

Bright Blue was recently quoted in The Independent, commenting on Theresa May’s reluctance to adopt a net zero emissions target by 2050 following the publication of the Committee on Climate Change’s influential report on the feasibility of a net zero greenhouse has target.

“And Bright Blue, a liberal Conservative think tank, urged Ms May to “do something uncharacteristically bold” by making the legal commitment before she quits No 10”

Read the article in The Independent here.

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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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'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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Over 130 MPs call on Prime Minister to adopt net zero emission goal

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Our Senior Researcher, Wilf Lytton, has been quoted in an article on BusinessGreen.

Specifically, Wilf was referenced the polling results included in our recent report, Hotting up, which showed the high levels of public support for further climate action from the Government.

Read the full article here.

Burned up: wood-fueled electricity could be more damaging than coal

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Our report, Hotting up, was referenced in an article by Sasha Stashwick on the Ecologist. In her article, which challenges the true sustainability of biomass burning for electricity generation, she alludes to our recommendation that more stringent carbon accounting rules are vital in order to prevent an expansion in the use of bioenergy that does not genuinely assist with eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. 

Read the full article here.

Poll shows air quality a ‘major concern’ among voters

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Our Researcher, Eamonn Ives, has been quoted in an article by Air Quality News.

Commenting on Bright Blue's recent polling on public attitudes towards air pollution, Eamonn said that the Government "should be helping to establish a larger network of low emission zones across England" to control dangerous levels of air pollution. 

Read the full article here

UK Government Details Plan to Phase Out Coal by 2025

Bright Blue's senior research fellow, Sam Hall, was quoted in a Desmog UK article about the UK phase out of coal power fired stations. Sam spoke of how:

Closing coal is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions. It also brings benefits for air quality and for industrial strategy by encouraging cleaner forms of electricity generation.

Read the full article here.