Writer: Josh Buckland

COP27 – Where next for the planet? 

Following a relatively chaotic two weeks, the COP27 summit in Egypt concluded with the Sharm El Sheikh Implementation Plan agreed on the 19th of November. There were some major breakthroughs – such as a new funding mechanism to help countries deal with the impacts of climate change. But there was little tangible progress in accelerating […]
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29 Nov, 2022

How sustainable is the sustainability agenda? 

The new political priorities of the Truss administration – driving economic growth and boosting energy security – are already leading to significant changes on UK sustainability policy. These new priorities will create opportunities for the sustainability agenda – for example, by accelerating the delivery of renewables as a means of expanding domestic capacity. However, they […]
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20 Sep, 2022

REMA: Just rearranging the furniture, or rebuilding the whole house? 

Why now?  At a first glance, the Government’s Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA) might look like a technical exercise, only of interest to energy geeks. However, once you dig under the surface, it becomes clear that the process could ultimately lead to the most significant set of reforms to the way we run the […]
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29 Jul, 2022

Josh Buckland on BBC Newsnight

Flint Partner, Josh Buckland on BBC Newsnight talks about what the Government should do in the face of the £800 price cap increase facing households from October. No easy answers but urgent action is now needed.
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25 May, 2022

British Energy Security Strategy: Homegrown clean power, but at what cost?

This blog was written in partnership with LCP. Key takeaways  The Government’s new ‘British Energy Security Strategy’ is positioned as a direct response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, arguing that by expanding homegrown power sources, the UK can reduce its exposure to volatile international fossil fuel markets.   At the heart of the strategy is […]
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14 Apr, 2022

Flint Opinions: What the Ukraine crisis means for business 

We asked some of Flint’s experts for their take on the wider and longer-term impacts of the Ukraine crisis.  Russia’s invasion of Ukraine had an immediate impact on energy prices and security, spurring Western countries to cut or reduce their reliance on Russian gas. This has long-term implications for the energy sector. Nations are scrambling […]
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25 Mar, 2022

Green finance in 2022 – what next?

Key takeaways  The expansion of the green finance agenda has continued to accelerate globally, with more and more jurisdictions developing taxonomies, sustainability reporting requirements and green product labels. The scope is also expanding beyond carbon emissions and into nature and biodiversity.   The UK has ambitions to be a global leader following the relative success at […]
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12 Jan, 2022

The Flint Podcast - COP26: What Happened – What Next?

In the aftermath of the final deal at COP26 our experts provide analysis of the deal itself, as well as what it means for the domestic and international agenda on climate change in the months and years ahead. Flint Partner Kiran Horwich chairs a discussion between Flint Partner Josh Buckland (Former adviser to the Business Secretary on energy and […]
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23 Nov, 2021

PM's new green vision ahead of COP26

Key Points The Government has set down a significant marker ahead of COP26 by announcing a raft of new green measures, representing a moment of truth as to the scale of the Prime Minister’s green ambitions. The centerpiece of thousands of pages of policy detail is the much anticipated Net Zero Strategy that sets out […]
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20 Oct, 2021

Crunch time: Climate clock ticks down to COP26

Key points:  Despite numerous calls for further postponement, COP26 is set to go ahead in November, with final logistical arrangements being rushed through so world leaders can descend on Glasgow.  The ever more challenging geopolitical context means the UK Presidency is actively dampening down expectations of what will be agreed, with a diplomatic stand-off not completely excluded at this stage.  Discussions in the margins of the United Nations General […]
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20 Sep, 2021

Six new partners promoted from the Flint team

With effect from 1 September, we have promoted six new partners within our Flint team. Warm congratulations to Josh Buckland, Kiran Horwich, Karla Perca Lopez, Ed de Minckwitz, Jon Sell and Sion Simon.   Announcing these appointments, Flint managing partners Simon Fraser and Ed Richards said “We are further strengthening our leadership team to support the continuing growth of Flint and ensure excellent service to our clients. We are determined both to attract the best outside talent to Flint and to reward the efforts and success of those already in our team”.   At Flint we […]
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01 Sep, 2021

The art of the impossible?

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change releases Sixth Assessment Report  Yesterday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released a landmark report outlining the latest scientific assessment of the likely impact of climate change, the first such assessment for eight years. Highly anticipated, it comes less than 100 days before COP26 and as a forerunner, paints a decidedly gloomy picture.   The starkest of warnings  The […]
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10 Aug, 2021
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