Sustainability first

Sustainability First is a charity and think-tank focussed on social and environmental issues in energy and water


Water sewage and solutions

The trouble with sewage

Shocking pictures of raw sewage being released in our waterways have been seen in the media and unsurprisingly met with public outcry. Associate Martin Hurst looks at root causes behind the pollution and possible solutions. This article first appeared in Utility Week.

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Retail innovation consultation

In response to DESNZ's consultation on an innovative retail market, we encourage government to ensure that consumers are appropriately protected in a more innovative retail market, drawing lessons from our past work including on the Economy 7 energy tariff.

Appeals process and the need for reform

North Sea artists' showcase

See a showcase of work by our three North Sea artists-in-residence as they engaged with coastal communities. Ceramicist Alison Cooke, multi-disciplinary artist Isabella Martin and socially engaged photographer Joanne Coates all have selected work and blogs about their experience of the residency. 

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Engagement lessons in shifting to clean energy

The word engagement is increasingly bandied around by companies. But what does it mean in practice? As we shift to clean energy, it is vital that this process is fair. This is why Sustainability First has been helping National Grid engage with stakeholders and citizens in a series of workshops, to hear their views.

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Work with us

We are seeking a new Associate, with deep expertise in utilities, and strong industry contacts, to work on research, report writing, consultation responses, consultancy and bids. This would suit someone who is a freelancer or has a portfolio career. 

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Smarter regulation to promote growth

In our latest consultation, we argue that regulators should drive the right kind of growth with their rules. We do not favour extending the 2015 Deregulation Act Growth Duty to Ofwat and Ofgem. There is a risk that the Duty will strengthen industry interests at the expense of consumers, wider society and the environment.

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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