Environmental policies

Environmental issues are important drivers of policy. The government has targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, generate more renewable energy and raise more revenues from environmental taxes.

Research in this area examines whether environmental policies (in particular, environmental taxes and other economic instruments) are well designed to achieve their goals, how consumers might respond to such policies and what their distributional implications might be.

Environmental taxation

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This video and accompanying presentation slides draw on material given in a presentation to economics students, as part of a public economics series of lectures in December 2013 at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

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Energy use policies and carbon pricing in the UK

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This report examines the effect of UK government policies on energy use and carbon pricing.

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Household energy use in Britain: a distributional analysis

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In this report, we show the effects of energy price rises over the recent past, look at what current policies mean for effective carbon prices and their impact on bills, and consider the distributional consequences of a more consistent approach to carbon pricing, alongside possible changes to the tax and benefit system that could mitigate these effects.

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