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Phil MacDonald

Chief Operating Officer

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Phil’s analysis focuses on the UK 2035 gas phase-out, UK carbon pricing after Brexit, and industrial CCS and BECCS (biomass with carbon capture and storage).

His previous roles have included campaigning with the Liberal Democrats in the UK and the Democrats in the US.

He holds an MSc. in Evolution, Ecology & Conservation from Imperial College.

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A path out of the gas crisis

New analysis shows Britain can cut gas from the power sector by the end of the decade, with huge cost savings from switching to renewables.

  • United Kingdom
  • Fossil gas
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Subsidies for Drax biomass

Drax earned £893m in government subsidies in 2021 for burning forest biomass, pushing up UK energy bills with no guarantee of reducing CO2 emissions.

  • Europe
  • United Kingdom
  • Bioenergy
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The UK Clean Power Plan

Comparative analysis by Ember shows that a UK gas phase-out in the power sector is possible by 2035 or before.

  • Europe
  • United Kingdom
  • Fossil gas