A 2000 word policy brief that provides:
•a concise summary of a particular issue,
•the policy options to deal with it, and
•some recommendations on the best option.
A ﬁve minute podcast
The podcast can be a summary of the policy brief or focus on a particular area of the brief. If the latter, please email preliminary plan before the 16th December.
A policy maker such as a government minister, the CEO of an environmental NGO, a journalist writing a piece on climate change, a CEO trying to understand what what are the developments in a speciﬁc area so as to be able to decide how that may affect her company (please note, that you are not expected to say how the policy developments may affect a speciﬁc company, only what are the developments behind that policy).
The policy brief and podcast need to be closely linked to the themes discussed in the lectures and workshops, namely
•Energy Demand - including energy efﬁciency and demand side response
•Renewable Energy - focus on one particular energy source, preferably offshore wind, or one particular policy (e.g. feed in tariffs)
•European energy policy
Within each of these themes, you can choose one of the questions below or decide on your own question. It is worth noting that the more narrowly deﬁned your question is, the easier it will be to produce a good policy brief.
3. Indicative questions
The success of the EU - ETS during phases 1 and 2 was quite mixed. What were the changes introduced to the system for phase 3 and what impact, if any, have they had?
Energy Demand (choose either one of these questions)
A) It is widely assumed that the UK could further reduce energy use in buildings. Please advise what the potential is for reducing electricity consumption in commercial buildings, what the barriers are that might prevent this potential being achieved and how these barriers can be overcome.