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.
Fine weather ahead for the nuclear industry?
9 July 2018
On the 28 June, the long awaited “Nuclear Sector Deal” was launched. The response from the nuclear industry has been enthusiastic and it could be an important step in establishing a nuclear renaissance. Professor Juan Matthews of the Dalton Nuclear Institute takes a closer look at the likely impact and some other recent developments. The […]
Heathrow Expansion in light of the UK’s Climate Change Commitments
22 June 2018
Alice Larkin, Professor of Climate Science and Energy Policy at The University of Manchester, along with Dr John Broderick consider if the level of emissions from the Heathrow expansion is in alignment with the UK’s legal commitments on climate change. They argue that the proposed expansion jeopardises these legal commitments, given the absence of a […]
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 […]