Project & Research Reports

This technical paper is a welcome expert contribution and 'explainer' from Dr Chris Harris. It sets out basic economic considerations in energy supplier hedging and discusses how these may interact with energy volumes, wholesale prices and the price-cap in a period of major uncertainty. He raises important questions about our near-term readiness and resilience for a cold winter and he stresses the short and longer-term imperative for energy saving.

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This discussion paper begins by exploring the importance of engagement in terms of delivering public value. It considers the reasons why engagement is important, different types of engagement and the concept of engagement maturity.

It then puts forward Sustainability First’s ‘Essential Services Utopia’ proffering some key outcomes we should aspire to achieve in the water and energy sectors, and which engagement can play a key role in delivering. The paper then highlights 26 recommendations to maximise public value. There is much good work going on in this area but to really seize the ‘engagement opportunities’ available, we consider that decision makers should stand back and ask some fundamental questions about their approach.

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A pro bono report for Sustainability First by Frontier Economics

This report provides a starting point for the development of a framework that considers the intergenerational effects of decarbonisation and climate adaptation policies, focusing on approach and appraisal (creating a comprehensive framework would require further development).

By understanding and articulating the long-term intergenerational benefits of environmental measures, policymakers can accelerate the rate at which these measures are realised, which will be central to delivering upon commitments of the Paris agreement as well as achieving successful outcomes for this year’s COP26.

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