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    Less energy for the energy sector? There is major disruption ahead to both the UK and the EU energy markets

Less energy for the energy sector? There is major disruption ahead to both the UK and the EU energy markets

Alexandra-Maria Bocse (LSE) looks at the impact of Brexit on investment in renewables, on energy efficiency and on connections between the EU and the UK energy markets. She writes that the negative implications of Brexit for the UK will require policy responses.

The uncertainty surrounding Brexit made the UK a less attractive market for renewable energy investors. The business and […]

Dismantling the EU’s environmental policy will not be easy – though some will try

After 40 years of shared environmental policy, disentangling the UK’s acquis will be difficult – though some will want to try. Charlotte Burns (University of Sheffield) says a number of obstacles stand in their way: devolution, pressure from the public and NGOs and a lack of capacity in the civil service.

The environment, which was largely ignored during the referendum […]

Will the Brexit cloud have a silver lining for conservationists?

Were we starting from a place where nature was fully protected and thriving, dismantling the structures and support provided by the EU would be a more worrying prospect, writes Mike Townsend (Woodland Trust). But while the EU provides many environmental benefits the state of the natural environment remains woeful. We must seize this opportunity to reframe nature conservation.

The UK’s […]