Clean air and a sustainable future for aviation

Last week saw publication of the government’s latest Clean Air Strategy draft. The plans will impact a wide range of sectors, among them aviation. Aviation is a small part of the problem. Landings and take-offs generate around 1 per cent of nitrogen dioxide emissions, with land operations and transport to and from airports contributing more.Read more

Brexit Jargon: Customs Union, partnership, or facilitation?

With the Brexit negotiations reaching crunch time, the news has been full of speculation on the UK’s future customs relationship with the EU. This is the lynchpin of the Brexit deal and will affect everything from trade to immigration and, crucially, the Irish border. The government has consistently said that the UK will be leavingRead more

It’s not easy being smart: outlook for the smart meter roll-out

It is now ten years since the (then Labour) government confirmed it would roll-out smart meters to all UK homes. And with ten years behind us, and two until the 2020 deadline for roll-out, things aren’t fully going to plan. Yes, customers with a smart meter installed are happy, but organisational and technical problems abound.Read more

Mental health: Keeping the future in mind

The public’s understanding of, and interest in, mental health has never been greater, something to be encouraged and acted upon. However, awareness doesn’t necessarily translate into the concrete policy change needed to improve such vital services. This week is Mental Health Awareness week, providing a perfect opportunity to reflect and take stock of the progressRead more

Drugpolitik: Trump’s pharma trade war puts medicines in the Brexit spotlight

Eighteen months into his Presidency, Donald Trump has finally found a saleable enemy for America’s high medical bills: ‘freeloading foreign governments.’ Healthcare costs often poll as one of the leading concerns of U.S. citizens, but Trump hasn’t been able to conjure a bogeyman who doesn’t infringe on the low-regulation, low-tax mantra of America First. UntilRead more