Manchester Policy Blogs: Energy and environment
Highlighting our research on access to cheap, clean energy, along with a need to minimise our impact on our environment.
What can we expect from Andy Burnham’s Green Summit?
20 March 2018
Ahead of Andy Burnham’s Green Summit this week, Julia Kasmire of the University of Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Institute investigates whether the Greater Manchester Combined Authority will take the necessary steps to take responsibility for achieving carbon neutrality. Andy Burnham has called for a Green Summit which is expected to establish a ‘green charter’ to lay […]
New approaches needed for nuclear
22 January 2018
Nuclear power is an essential part of the low carbon energy mix and in this piece for Policy@Manchester Professor Juan Matthews and Dr Neil Irvine explain why new approaches are needed to reduce its cost. Nuclear power needs to become cheaper, safer and more flexible. It needs to contribute to a wider usage of energy […]
EU Environmental Directives Post Brexit
15 January 2018
The UK faces huge challenges in protecting its environment post-Brexit given the amount of EU Directives that will need to be transposed into UK law. In this blog, Dr Cecilia Medupin discusses the ways in which Brexit can be used to review our environmental regulations to meet this challenge. Brexit marks a number of unprecedented […]
Is the conflation of ‘hazard’ and ‘risk’ skewing the pesticides debate?
11 December 2017
The debate over the safety and impact of pesticides – and especially the weedkiller glyphosate – is littered with ignorance of available statistics, conceptual confusion and misuse of statistical methods, writes Ian Plewis, Emeritus Professor of Social Statistics at The University of Manchester. The evidence indicates that the risks from glyphosate are small once typical […]
Natural gas beyond 2035 is not compatible with our climate commitments
23 November 2017
Following on from the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Professor Kevin Anderson and Dr John Broderick discuss their research into global carbon budgets and the carbon footprints of natural gas supplies. By 2035, the substantial use of all fossil fuels, including natural […]