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The Policy Connect network of groups conduct regular research inquiries producing more than dozen major reports each year. View the catalogue of reports below and visit each group's own website for further information.

Policy for Heat: Transforming the System front cover by Carbon Connect
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Policy for Heat: Transforming the System, urges Government to implement an ambitious, long-term decarbonisation strategy for the heat sector, before it’s too late in new inquiry report.
 
The report builds on the work of Part 1 in the Future Heat Series which compared recent decarbonisation pathways and analyses to indentify and highlight key policy mechanisms and transistions that are needed in order to decarbonise heat for buildings by 2050. 
 
The APSRG's newest report lays out clear recommendations for how government can ensure the UK maximises the economic and environmental potential of improved remanufacturing standards and practices. Chaired by former environment secretary Caroline Spelman MP, the report calls for government to back a 'March of the Re-Makers'.
A joint publication by the WSBF and Carbon Connect, 'Building Efficiency' outlines the case for investment by businesses in the energy efficiency of their buildings and operations. It highlights how this could help neutralise the threat to profitability posed by increasing energy bills, energy price volatility and an increasing reliance on electricity in the commercial sector. Chaired by Lord Whitty and Oliver Colvile MP.
The APSRG's newest report, the result of a six-month inquiry chaired by former Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman MP, makes clear recommendations for policy change designed to ensure the UK maximises value from its waste both at home and via export.
The product of a 9-month inquiry chaired by Chris White MP and Jonathan Reynolds MP, 'Making Good' makes clear recommendations for how Government can create an industrial culture designed to help UK manufacturers compete at the top of the global marketplace. It warns that UK manufacturing is being prevented from becoming ‘wholly competitive’ by a national industrial culture that discourages companies from investing in vital long-term business drivers such as skills development and technological innovation.
Launched in November 2013, 'The Move to Improve' makes clear recommendations for how the FE and skills sector can refocus its energies on improving intervention methods and ensuring quality of provision for learners.
Launched in November 2013: 'One System, Many Pathways' seeks to find consensus across the education and training sector and create a blue print upon which future policy should be assessed. This 'Values Consensus' is based on five guiding principles that will keep learners at the centre of education and training policy.
The Higher Education Commission's second report warns that lack of government legislation to improve the regulation of higher education in England is putting students at risk from failing universities and threatening the UK’s global reputation for HE excellence. It calls on the Coalition Government to bring forth urgent legislation before the next election to create a new regulatory framework designed to provide students with greater financial protection, encourage investment in the sector and help enhance innovation in HE provision.
Launched in November 2013, this APHG essay collection: 'A guided tour of the new NHS', offers a guide to the new NHS structure in the words of the leaders within the new system.
Power from Renewables outlines the important role that renewables can play in the UK’s transition to a low carbon electricity supply over coming decades, and is the second of three reports in Carbon Connect’s Future Electricity Series, which examines what role fossil fuels, renewables and nuclear can play in providing secure, sustainable and affordable electricity in the UK.