Sustainability first

We are a think-tank and charity that works in essential services to promote practical solutions to improve environmental, social and economic well-being.


Ukraine crisis and impact on utilities

Why the failing energy sector is a lesson for all regulators

With references to Ofgem being “incompetent”, to criticism of its “negligence” and “systemic failure to effectively regulate”, the House of Commons BEIS’ Select Committee’s latest report, on Energy pricing and the future of the energy market doesn’t pull any punches, writes Zoe McLeod, Sustainability First's Policy Director.

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Sustainable Futures Energy Forum

We are running a Sustainable Futures Energy Forum, in partnership with Ofgem, to better involve young people in decision-making in the energy sector in Great Britain. Tackling climate change and shifting to a low-carbon economy must be informed by inclusive and meaningful engagement. 

The Ukraine crisis and the impact on utilities

The invasion of Ukraine is a humanitarian tragedy. Without detracting from this, it also has huge impacts for essential services elsewhere. This pack focuses on the implications of the crisis for the UK energy, water and comms sectors; our aim is to support senior decision makers in firms and regulators to be bold and make the best decisions for sustainability and the public interest.

North Sea Artist Residencies

North Sea Artist Residencies

We are delighted to announce that the successful recipients of the North Sea residencies are: Joanne Coates, Alison Cooke and Isabella Martin. The residencies will focus on the changing role for coastal communities and opportunities provided by renewable energy. The standard of work was excellent, and more than 130 people applied across a variety of disciplines, and a breadth of geographic locations

Sustainability Principles

How can we use a principles-based approach to embed sustainability among decision makers within the essential services of energy, water and comms?


The energy crisis and future retail markets

As we face the ongoing energy crisis, we need solutions that are both fair and deliver net zero. We argue for urgent investment in energy efficiency and active engagement with civil society. We explore ways to provide social protection both short-term to help people this winter, and medium to longer-term to ensure that our retail energy markets are fit for the future. 

Together for a Fair Climate Future

Our Together for a Fair Climate Future programme of events culminated in a series of key messages about how we should respond to climate change. It became abundantly clear that we must address the climate crisis and social inequality together. Click on the image to see our virtual book including the huge variety and richness of entries to this year’s art and writing prizes.


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