The report analyses and assesses: the rationale and objectives of energy policy;
the current policy landscape faced by UK energy users; how current and future
policy has led to inconsistencies in the implicit carbon prices faced by
different users; and potential ways in which to improve policy affecting domestic
and business energy users.
A. Advani, P. Johnson, A. Leicester, and G. Stoye (2013), IFS Report 85
Government wants both to reduce carbon emissions and to reduce ‘fuel poverty’. Energy prices have risen in part because of a multitude of policies aimed at reducing emissions. There are also multiple policies aimed at ameliorating these effects. Altogether, this leads to a complex policy landscape, inefficient pricing and opaque distributional effects.
In this report, we show the effects of energy price rises over the recent past, look at what current policies mean for effective carbon prices and their impact on bills, and consider the distributional consequences of a more consistent approach to carbon pricing, alongside possible changes to the tax and benefit system that could mitigate these effects.
A. Advani, P. Levell, and G. Stoye (2011), IFS Observation
An IFS Observation on the current state of carbon prices and environmental policy in the UK.
A. Advani, A. Leicester, and P. Levell (2011), IFS Observation
An IFS Observation on the costs of hypothecating green taxes.