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CCC visit to Tilbury power station

15 September 2011 Insights
By Indra Thillainathan, Senior Analyst With new European environmental legislation set to close many existing coal fired power stations by 2015, work is already underway by Tilbury power station to convert it into one of the world’s largest dedicated biomass generators . Ahead of its scheduled re-commissioning in November, a...
Green energy

Green growth: paradigm shift or just spin?

1 September 2011 Insights
by Alex Bowen and Sam Fankhauser, Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. This blog post is a reprint from a post on the Climate and Development Knowledge Network There is much talk at the moment about green growth – environmentally sustainable, biodiverse, low-carbon and climate-resilient growth in...

Confused about costs of nuclear v. renewables? Read on!

9 August 2011 Insights
There has been a debate going on in the blogosphere lately over the relative cost of nuclear and renewables, citing analysis we produced for Government in our Renewable Energy Review. Alice Barrs, a lead economist on the review, delves into some of the finer detail of our work, to explain...
CCC football success! Mike Thompson, Jonathan Haynes, Bronwyn Hill, Tom Hall, Alex Kazaglis, Owen Bellamy

Victory for the CCC football team

29 July 2011 Insights
  [caption id="attachment_335" align="alignleft" width="150"] Russell Bishop, Economist at the CCC[/caption]   By Russell Bishop, Economist at the CCC On Friday 15th July a team of CCC footballers came home victorious in the annually held Defra Network’s Sports Day.  The Buxton Cup men’s 6-a-side football tournament, a competition which has...
Uptown Oil visit

CCC trip to Uptown Oil and PwC’s green headquarters

25 July 2011 Insights
by Ellie Pierce, CCC Secretariat On July 18th, seven of us working on the upcoming CCC Bioenergy Report took a trip to Southwark to have a look at the work of Uptown Oil, a business that produces biodiesel from used cooking oil. The trip was a chance to see how...
Kat White, Eric Ling, Ute Collier, Neil Golborne, Indra Thillainathan Rothamstead Research Centre

CCC visit Rothamsted Research Centre for Bioenergy and Climate Change

16 June 2011 Insights
[caption id="attachment_310" align="alignright" width="240"] Kat White, Eric Ling, Ute Collier, Neil Golborne, Indra Thillainathan Rothamstead Research Centre[/caption] By Kat White, Senior Analyst working on the CCC Bioenergy Review In our current bioenergy review we are considering questions around sustainability and best use of bioenergy. Given our strong interest, five members...

Frustration and tortured syntax at the IPCC

2 June 2011 Insights
[caption id="attachment_300" align="alignleft" width="167"] Professor Jim Skea[/caption] By Professor Jim Skea, Committee member and member of the IPCC Bureau. Boredom, frustration, tense debates over drafting. No, absolutely not another CCC meeting. This was 11 days of back-to-back meetings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change which I recently attended in...

The Poms cut carbon without whingeing, why can’t we?

26 May 2011 Insights
  [caption id="attachment_297" align="alignleft" width="115"] Alex Kazaglis[/caption] This is an extract from an article written by Alex Kazaglis, an Australian economist at the CCC, first published in The Punch. In it he gives his personal view of Australian climate change policy in light of the UK's recent commitment to the...

Can Clegg’s ‘quiet green revolution’ inspire growth?

24 May 2011 Insights
By Emily Towers, Communications Manager Nick Clegg was the main attraction at yesterday’s seminar on sustainable growth at Norton Rose. He used the event to provide further clarity on the role and remit of the Green Investment Bank (GIB). The Deputy Prime Minister told the audience that they should be...

Government should support the development of a portfolio of renewables to 2030

17 May 2011 Insights
By Emily Towers, Communications Manager We published our Renewable Energy Review this week. This outlined a range of scenarios for contributions from renewables to meeting carbon budgets over the next two decades. We concluded that: A range of promising options exists for delivering decarbonisation of the power sector by 2030...