Making the right energy policy decisions

This is an audio recording of an IfG Live Event The UK’s energy policy is at a critical turning point, with the government facing several key decisions as it tries to meet the UK’s ambitious 2050 net zero target. The energy white paper, published in December 2020, was an important step, but there are big questions over the future of nuclear power, how to support technologies like carbon capture and storage, and what industry needs to do to prepare for electrification. At this event, experts discussed whether the UK government and the civil service are equipped to meet these energy policy challenges, how decisions should be made, and what the government’s priorities should be in the years ahead. The panel also discussed the IfG’s recent report, Evidence in energy policy making: what the UK can learn from overseas. On our panel to discuss these questions were: Baroness Brown of Cambridge (Professor Dame Julia King), Deputy Chair of the Climate Change Committee and Chair of the Carbon Trust Guy Newey, Strategy and Performance Director at the Energy Systems Catapult and former special adviser at DECC and BEIS Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive of Energy UK Will McDowall, Senior Researcher at the Institute for Government The event was chaired by Alex Thomas, Programme Director at the Institute for Government. #IfGenergy See for privacy and opt-out information.

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