Publications

Sustainability First has been working with National Grid to think about how to make the shift to clean energy fair, inclusive and affordable. We delivered six online engagement events in 2023, including three roundtables with stakeholders from the energy sector and wider community, and three workshops with citizens from across England and Wales. This engagement was aimed at fostering discussion, empowering citizens, and developing recommendations for National Grid and other decision makers in response to the opportunities and challenges in the clean energy transition.

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Associate Martin Hurst makes the case for more, and meaningful, flexibility in the Price Review (PR24) process in the water sector, and considers what options might exist. This feature first appeared in The Water Report. We would welcome views on this feature for future engagement - please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The industrial gas SF6 is a potent, long lived gas with a global warming potential far greater than carbon dioxide. Widely used for decades in electrical switchgear, it has been favoured as an insulator. On climate grounds, a wide-scale reappraisal is under way looking at the use of SF6 in electrical equipment. Since this report was first published, EU legislation has changed, which makes finding alternatives a priority. This report is by Sustainability First Associates Maxine Frerk and Judith Ward (along with Janet Wood)

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In our consultation submission, we argue that wholescale changes to the legislation that defines regulator's objectives is not needed. But there is an urgent need for re-examination of regulatory frameworks and capabilities in the face of machine learning/AI as well as regarding adaptation to climate change. Moreover, we think the right balance is not being struck between regulators' responsibilities and government's

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As the electricity markets undergo a huge overhaul as part of REMA, the End User Forum (EUF) will explore the implications for end users of sending more efficient locational signals in electricity markets, and what a positive outcome of any reform would look like.

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