Download the report here.

 

For the first time this year, nations attending COP28 reached consensus on “transitioning away from fossil fuels in energy systems, in a just, orderly and equitable manner”. With 2023 the ‘hottest year on record, with worsening extreme weather events across the world [and] global greenhouse gas emissions at an all-time high’, perhaps this is the least you might expect.

But it does mean that there is an irrefutable mandate for meaningful, urgent change at political, societal, organisational and household levels. Set against the backdrop of twin cost-of-living and housing crises, an AI revolution and the biggest year for politics in recent history (with no fewer than 67 national elections set to take place this year), the stars are aligning for major, rapid change ahead.

But how do we build understanding about these changes? How to secure acceptance, consensus and buy-in?

At Copper, we believe that behavioural change is at the root of any transformation. Our new report, Turning sceptics into believers – how to deliver meaningful change, takes a deep dive into Copper’s transformation methodology. This comprises the central tenets to building understanding, securing buy-in changing beliefs and behaviours, and ultimately securing the buy-in needed to deliver meaningful, lasting change.

Our report draws on conversations with experts to explore five fundamental themes to securing meaningful change, and more, in detail.

Contact us for further information.

On Saturday, Vaughan Gething MS was announced as the new leader of the Welsh Labour Party, narrowly defeating Jeremy Miles MS in the party’s leadership election.

 

Gething formally took office as First Minister on Wednesday following the resignation of incumbent Mark Drakeford on Tuesday, and has now announced his new Cabinet, with further junior ministerial announcements to follow over the weekend and early next week.

 

Gething outlined that “this ministerial team will answer the call of the generation in waiting, to create a stronger, fairer, greener Wales”.

 

Appointments so far have shown his Cabinet to be a balance of continuity and change with many familiar faces from the previous government but with new portfolios and changes in key positions.

 

Further detail on the new Cabinet and what it means for energy and infrastructure can be found in here.

 

For more on what a change in Welsh Labour leadership means for internal Labour relations between the Welsh and UK Labour party, see our blog here.

 

Contact us for further information.

Copper Consultancy has released its most recent report into the impact of yesterday’s Spring Budget on the infrastructure and energy industry.

The announcement of tax cuts, alongside a number of commitments for energy, housebuilding, devolution, and construction were a clear effort to differentiate between Conservatives and Labour.

Click here to read our analysis of the Spring Budget

Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt delivered an Autumn Statement with the upcoming general election very much in mind.

From an infrastructure perspective, there was a clear focus on accelerating the planning process and addressing bottlenecks in the connection of low-carbon energy projects to the electricity grid.

The publication of the Autumn Statement itself was accompanied by the release of important policy papers, including a response to the Winser review and a look at how infrastructure can be delivered more effectively.

Read our in-depth report into the measures announced and what they mean for our sector.

Click here to read our analysis of the Autumn Statement

In the built environment we have gradually become more and more accustomed to the term ‘social value’ or as we showed in an earlier Copper Industry Insights Report, another term that expresses the same thing, community investment, CSR, social impact, ESG, etc.

Given the challenges around consenting major projects, this points to a greater role in improving the understanding of ‘added value’ that can be derived and delivered to audiences that currently don’t recognise these benefits. Effective, well-tailored social value can be transformative for community/stakeholder relationships, particularly with those who have just been focusing on concerns like construction-stage impact and only expecting detriment.

To read our report, on public attitudes to social value click here.

Claire Coutinho MP appointed as Secretary of State for Energy and Net Zero on the 31 August 2023.

Replacing Grant Shapps, who has been appointed Secretary of State for Defence following the resignation of the previous Defence Secretary, Ben Wallace. Before this appointment, Coutinho was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Children, Families and Wellbeing, and an MP for the East Surrey constituency.

Our briefing analyses Coutinho’s views on energy policy, and the likely implications of her appointment for the sector. You can read the full briefing here The New Energy Secretary

If you would like to find out more about how Copper can help you navigate changes to energy policy, please contact Phoebe Sullivan.

 

Despite a now widespread understanding of the concept of climate change, and our global drive to Net Zero, it’s surprising just how low UK public awareness and understanding of renewable energy is.

There are also some interesting divisions in knowledge and support across certain demographics. Our report provides useful insights on helping segments of society to better understand renewables and engage.

To read our report, click here.

To find out more about our research into renewables, check out our recent reports into nuclear and solar.

A lot has moved on since our 2022 research was published. There are now well over ten solar projects being explored publicly as part of the NSIP regime in the UK. We’ve also seen significant announcements in the 2023 Spring Budget.

So how can we deliver quality solar projects at the scale needed and bring the community along for the journey?

Read the report, we’ve written in collaboration with Solar Energy UK here – 2023 – a transformative year for Solar: a study of public attitudes to solar development

Read our previous report here – 2022 – A bright future for solar: a study into public attitudes to solar energy

With nuclear energy recently classified as “environmentally sustainable” and the launch of Great British Nuclear, which could see nuclear energy account for up to 25% of our electricity by 2050, are we in the age of nuclear?

To find out, we asked the public to share their views on how they see nuclear serving the UK’s energy needs.