Dustin Benton
Dustin leads the Resource Stewardship theme at Green Alliance, the UK’s leading environmental think tank.

Previously, he ran the Climate and Energy Futures theme, focusing on Electricity Market Reform and energy efficiency, giving evidence to the Energy and Climate Change Committee in June 2012 on the draft Energy Bill. He also contributed to a public debate on pathways to a low-carbon 2050 hosted by DECC in early 2011.

Before joining Green Alliance, Dustin worked for the Campaign to Protect Rural England where he led work on the relationship between landscape protection, climate change, and new energy infrastructure. He also led on the future of land use, and was a key contributor to CPRE’s Vision for the countryside, which provides a long-term perspective on how the countryside should be managed in light of increasing demands on the land.

He holds an MA in political thought and theory from the University of Birmingham and an MA in international relations and French from the University of St Andrews.

Entries by Dustin Benton

The Surprise Death of UK CCS Is the Real Energy Reset

(0) Comments | Posted 26 November 2015 | (14:49)

Forget the cuts to the RHI. Ignore halving ECO. The biggest change to the UK's energy strategy didn't appear in yesterday's autumn statement. Instead, a two line note snuck out an hour or so after George Osborne finished his speech confirms that carbon capture...

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Why Greens Should Embrace Digital Technology, but not Abandon Politics

(0) Comments | Posted 10 February 2015 | (12:50)

Technological innovation is intoxicating. Digital technologies have evolved so quickly that technology prophets are predicting a 'digital disruption', in which vast material bounty is created at such low marginal costs that big business and government melt away to reveal a new, environmentally friendly collaborative commons. Building...

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What Alice in Wonderland Can Teach Us About Resource Scarcity

(0) Comments | Posted 31 October 2013 | (18:26)

This post originally appeared on The Guardian.

Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass contains a famous passage describing Alice's attempts to run alongside the Red Queen in a topsy-turvy nonsense world, where cause and effect are reversed:

"Well, in our country," said Alice, still panting a little, "you'd...

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Tim Worstall's Take on Conflict Minerals: Good Economics but Bad Politics

(0) Comments | Posted 27 September 2013 | (15:03)

A version of this article previously appeared on the New Statesman business blog.

Earlier this week, Global Witness, the organisation behind restrictions on blood diamonds, called for an EU law to restrict the use of conflict minerals. This would match a US law, called...

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Which Raw Materials Pose the Biggest Business Risks?

(0) Comments | Posted 15 January 2013 | (16:36)

Chatham House produced an excellent report on resource futures last month, which provides a detailed and comprehensive look at how underlying environmental stress contributes to material insecurity. Its diagnosis, that declaring that "the spectre of resource insecurity has come back with a vengeance" is stark. It's based on highly...

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Don't Hate Me Because I'm European: Why You Should be Glad the EU Banned the Incandescent Light Bulb

(8) Comments | Posted 3 September 2012 | (11:59)

A version of this article previously appeared on businessgreen.com

President Obama had a hard time selling the US's weatherization program to a sceptical Congress: insulation is a lot less attractive than visible clean tech like solar panels. So he relied on his charm, declaring memorably that insulation was,...

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What's the Difference Between a Circular and a Linear Economy? One Milimeter

(2) Comments | Posted 12 July 2012 | (01:00)

Our economy has a basic structure: we dig things out of the ground, turn them into products that last from minutes to a few years at most, and then stick them back into the ground as landfill. This is hugely wasteful, of both resources and money. It's also terrible for...

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