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Energy and the Environment: a cold climate for climate change policies?


  • Jonathan Colmer
  • Antoine Dechezleprêtre
  • Ralf Martin


The UK's main political parties have all pledged to combat climate change whatever the result of the general election. Yet according to a new report from the CEP, much of the discussion is largely rhetoric, with limited focus on actionable policy commitments. The report's authors explain how UK climate policy consists of a patchwork of instruments addressing greenhouse gas emissions from a variety of sources and resulting in a diverse menu of carbon prices. And while the country's recent record on cutting carbon emissions seems impressive at first glance, much of it has been a result of the reduction in economic activity in the Great Recession.

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  • Jonathan Colmer & Antoine Dechezleprêtre & Ralf Martin, 2015. "Energy and the Environment: a cold climate for climate change policies?," CEP Election Analysis Papers 032, Centre for Economic Performance, LSE.
  • Handle: RePEc:cep:cepeap:032

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