The government must shake up the way it collects evidence to inform net zero policies and consult a broader range of stakeholders if it wants to avoid costly policy failures, a new report from the Institute for Government (IFG) has warned. A report published late last week notes the UK’s approach to designing energy policy is highly centralised and focused on the analytic capacity and expertise of a small clutch of organisations – namely, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), energy regulator Ofgem, and independent government climate advisors the Climate Change Committee (CCC). The IFG has urged the government to expand the pool of experts it consults when designing decarbonisation policies, arguing that better use of evidence and a more public, consultative policy-making process would avoid the costly green policy reversals and failures of the past, such as the Green Deal energy efficiency scheme that was axed in 2015 and the government’s hugely controversial support of fracking, which culminated in a high profile u-turn. While BEIS has greater capacity and more civil service analysts with more responsibilities than many of its international peers, policymakers currently rely too heavily on a small pool of “usual suspects” in the energy industry, the report argues. And while the Climate Change Committee is regarded as “genuinely world-leading”, the government should collect evidence from a broader range of advisory bodies when designing energy policy, the report warns.
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