NEWS & EVENTS

A post mortem of the Green Deal: Austerity, energy efficiency, and failure in British energy policy

Nov 16, 2016

Abstract

The Green Deal was a British flagship policy intended to deliver energy efficiency retrofits at scale. About 2.5 years after its launch the programme was effectively terminated and is now seen as a dramatic policy failure. In this paper we analyse the reasons for the failure and the politics that led to the rise and the fall of the Green Deal. We conclude that even though the risks were understood and voiced by critics well in advance of the launch of the Green Deal, the logic of a subsidy free energy efficiency scheme became the accepted wisdom at the highest levels of Government, through a combination of ideology and failure to listen.

Authors

Rosenow, J., and Eyre, N.

LATEST NEWS

Infrastructure centrally important to achieving the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

Infrastructure centrally important to achieving the Paris Agreement and the SDGs

Published ahead of COP26, this new report highlights the key role that infrastructure plays in delivering climate action and sustainable development. Developed through collaboration between ... read more

Dr Xi Hu on Sky News Daily Climate Show

Dr Xi Hu on Sky News Daily Climate Show

Dr Hu on Sky News Daily Climate Show to discuss the latest from the pre-COP26 youth event:  Greta Thunberg’s impact on the world and massive deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon. Check out read more

The WSJ and Dr Pant weigh in on the challenges of increasing flood risk

The WSJ and Dr Pant weigh in on the challenges of increasing flood risk

A recent Wall Street Journal video features Dr Raghav Pant.  Flooded Subways: Transit Systems Face Risks From Extreme Weather Transit systems from New York City to London and Zhengzhou, China, ... read more

RESEARCH THEMES

ENERGY
TRANSPORT
WATER
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS
DEMOGRAPHICS
URBAN DEVELOPMENT
ECONOMICS
INFRASTRUCTURE
GOVERNANCE
NISMOD
RISK AND
RESILIENCE
RESEARCH SOFTWARE ENGINEERING
DATABASES