“In terms of how to address household bills for the poorest in society, one of the best ways of doing that is actually energy efficiency... now of course, you can give people a bung of £150 on their council tax bill, but those are short term measures. In the longer term, the best and smartest way to cut people's energy bills is to actually make their homes more efficient.”
Dr Simon Evans, Deputy Editor, Carbon Brief
Can the energy transition help rather than hurt the most vulnerable households and communities? Some say the ‘spiralling costs’ of net zero will hit the poorest hardest. But if the right steps are taken, we can deliver cheaper energy bills, greener jobs and healthier communities – and make sure nobody is left behind.
We speak to experts Diana Fox Carney and Simon Evans to find out whether we can simultaneously go through the energy transition whilst addressing wider issues of inequality – looking at examples from countries across the world who are doing it well so far, and the key pitfalls to avoid.
ABOUT OUR GUESTS
Dr Simon Evans
Deputy Editor, Carbon Brief
Simon covers climate and energy policy for Carbon Brief, a UK-based website covering the latest developments in climate science, climate policy and energy policy. They specialise in clear, data-driven articles and graphics to help improve the understanding of climate change, both in terms of the science and the policy response. He holds a PhD in biochemistry from Bristol University and previously studied chemistry at Oxford University. He worked for environment journal The ENDS Report for six years, covering topics including climate science and air pollution.
Diana Fox Carney
Climate and policy expert
Diana Fox Carney is a public policy expert with a strong focus on energy and climate change. She has worked for many years in climate policy at think tanks in both Canada and the UK. Her professional experience ranges from agricultural research in Africa to assessing new and advanced energy technologies. In particular, Diana has helped develop frameworks for thinking about reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions. She holds master's degrees in agricultural economics and international relations from Oxford University and the University of Pennsylvania, respectively.