CECAN Case Study Report: BEIS Energy Trilemma

Energy Trilemma


12th December 2018

We are pleased to announce that CECAN Research Fellows, Pete Barbrook-Johnson and Alex Penn, have published a report presenting a systems mapping project carried out by CECAN with BEIS between June 2017 and December 2018.

There is a large range of central government policies and programmes that have effects on the energy trilemma (i.e. the interplay between sustainability and greenhouse gas emissions, consumer prices, and security of supply). The sheer number of programmes and policies with close interaction and overlap in this area has led to a crowded and complex policy landscape with a range of potentially complementary and conflicting aims.

Analysts and evaluators in the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy have expressed an interest to develop a richer understanding of the interaction of policies and other contextual factors on the energy trilemma. Accordingly, Tajbee Ahmed at BEIS, and Pete Barbrook-Johnson and Alex Penn at CECAN, have been addressing this interest by conducting a CECAN 'case study' (i.e. a co-produced project to explore the use of innovative methods in government policy evaluation), using CECAN’s approach to participatory systems mapping.

Please click here to download the report in full. Additionally, a high resolution version of the systems map can be viewed here.