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What’s been happening?

I have learned many things since I set myself up as a solo consultant nearly two years ago. One is that you don’t get much time to update web-sites. Or rather, it’s up to you to make the time. Mea culpa. Nearly 18 months have elapsed since this website went live and I have probably […]

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More for less? What is the case for social value in public service delivery?

  What is this concept of “social value” that is percolating through debates about public service delivery? Are policy-makers serious about bringing it into the mainstream? What lasting impact can it make and how does it need to evolve in order to achieve this? Social value may not be on everyone’s radar, but it is […]

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Acronymically Speaking

Despite the domestic policy anarchy that is presently gripping UK clean energy markets, James and his team at Business Green are doing a great job of looking outside the bubble and keeping us reminded of the broader purpose, as COP 21 in Paris approaches. We have a new acronym for this COP – INDCs, or […]

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Vue de la Terre Promise

Green businesses and activists might be looking just now across the narrow strait that separates these islands from our southern neighbour with a degree of envy. So near and yet so far – the cultural affinities between our nations at times seem so strong, yet at other times virtually non-existent. In September 2015 France passed its […]

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It’s not just about Cities…

Right now, all the attention is on cities. The Scottish Cities Alliance plans to take its £10bn Investment Prospectus, a shiny package of big ticket city-based projects covering industrial, mixed use, residential and hotel & leisure to the MIPM UK conference later this month. There are, of course, many benefits to the cities’ regions from […]

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Long Hot Summer

Numerous articles – in Business Green and elsewhere – have listed a succession of post-election Government announcements sending shock waves through green policy in the UK, so I don’t need to go through them all here. Some, taken in isolation, would make sense in the context of a balanced overall policy still focused on the […]

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Selling the “tech” in clean-tech

I recently attended a conference for early stage clean-tech companies. It was great fun and extremely well organised. The diversity of what was on offer was pleasing – it seems as though just about anything can count as clean-tech as long as it has the potential to achieve positive environmental and resource outcomes, which I […]

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It Begins At Home

A few days ago, Business Green reported that the Green Deal had had “its best week ever”, with households signing up for around £2.25m of household improvements. As someone who has expressed doubts about the efficacy of the Green Deal structure in the past, I am pleased to put my hand up and say I […]

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Evolution or Revolution?

The end of February saw two significant milestones in the decarbonisation of the energy sector. The first – more widely heralded – was the announcement of the results of the first auction for Contracts for Difference. The second was hosted by Bloomberg in their London offices on 24th February and entitled “Transforming Community Energy Finance”. […]

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12 Pointers for 2015

Whatever your perspective, to say a lot happened in the worlds of energy and climate change in 2014 is something of an understatement. It was also a year of winners and losers – we just don’t know yet who the winners and losers are going to be. Which, amid all the noise, are the signposts […]

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