Energy and Environment Research

There has rarely been a more important time for insight to help inform energy and environmental policy decisions. With the Government’s 2050 net-zero target carbon emissions now enshrined in law, the UK’s hosting of COP26, and a range of post-Brexit land management policies, energy and environment concerns are high on the public policy agenda.

At IFF, a commitment to sustainability is at the heart of who we are. We’re proud to work with others who share our ambition for positive change, and we actively choose projects that can make a beneficial impact. We’re experienced in delivering complex, highly technical research at pace and to scale. So we are primed to help your organisation gain the insight needed to guide effective environmental policy or business decisions.

As a proud signatory of the MRS Net Zero Pledge, we are also looking to embed low carbon practices in our own business, with a view to becoming net zero by 2026.

How we help

Evaluations research

Our evaluations research can help you measure the effectiveness and impact of policies and programmes, and support better decision-making and effective delivery. We draw on the latest theory in our approach to evaluation design, typically using Theories of Change, and evaluation frameworks.

Stakeholder research

Our expertise in the design, execution and dissemination of complex stakeholder feedback studies will help inform and evaluate your organisational strategies.

Skills surveys

We’re leaders in delivering skills surveys, across a range of sectors. Whether you need a large-scale, sector-wide piece, or a targeted exploration of a sub-sector, we can help. You’ll receive valuable insight into the extent, nature and impact of skills gaps employers face, attitudes towards training, and future outlook, especially as businesses transition towards greener technologies.

Statistically robust insight
into niche sectors

With the green transition now moving at pace, you need up-to-date, tailored insight on energy and environmental concerns. We conduct bespoke, statistically robust surveys in niche sectors, covering issues such as decarbonisation, energy efficiency and green finance, that will support your evolving policy needs.

Why choose IFF Research?

Solutions tailored to your needs

With expertise across a full suite of research methodologies, you’ll receive a tailored solution. With over 1,000 interviewers on our panel we can quickly scale up resource to meet large and fast-paced research needs.

Unrivalled policy expertise

As a trusted partner to public and private sector organisations since 1965, we’ll bring value and impact to your research project.

Guaranteed high senior involvement

With two directors overseeing every energy and environment research project, you can be confident in the quality of the results.

Some of our recent Energy & Environment projects

  • Energy Efficiency in the Manufacturing Industry, BEIS (2021): A large scale survey within the UK manufacturing industry, exploring the experiences of and attitudes towards energy efficiency. The findings will allow BEIS to develop and justify future policy interventions, designed to support the industry reach its decarbonisation goals.

  • Embedding Sustainability in Apprenticeships, Skills Development Scotland (2021): With Scotland’s target of net-zero emissions of all greenhouse gases by 2045, SDS wanted to explore how apprenticeships can support the transition to a greener economy. The project engaged the sector to capture views on the importance of, and steps towards, building sustainability into apprenticeships, utilising workshops, interviews and a literature review.

  • Public Perceptions of Offsetting, Start Up (2021): This study tested the market to determine public engagement with, and attitudes towards, the climate crisis, behaviours around reducing carbon footprint, and attitudes towards offsetting. This will support the timing and target audience for the launch of a new product.

  • Green Home Finance Innovation Fund Programme Evaluation, BEIS (2021 and beyond): This programme funds the development and piloting of innovative green home finance products marketed primarily to domestic owner occupiers. This entails semi-structured qualitative interviews capturing homeowner perceptions and experiences, and utilising journey mapping techniques.

  • Social Housing Decarbonisation Research, BEIS (2020-2021): BEIS are developing a new fund to support social housing providers in developing and implementing their energy performance improvement plans, to contribute towards decarbonisation targets in the sector. This research involved 40 depth interviews and 450 responses to a CATI/online survey among social housing landlords (typically Housing Associations and Local Authorities).

  • Heat Networks Skills Review, BEIS (2020): This study, exploring the skills needs of the UK Heat Networks sector, involved a literature review and skills mapping exercise, 25 depth interviews and 3 workshops with energy and engineering companies, consultants, local authorities and training providers.

  • Stakeholder Engagement Survey, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (2019): A survey incorporating both quantitative and qualitative techniques exploring AHDB stakeholder views on their communication, the value they bring to the industry, the support they provide levy payers, and where they felt AHDB should focus in future.

  • Waste Crime in Construction, Environment Agency (2019): We conducted in-depth interviews with construction businesses to explore their attitude towards waste, and waste crime in particular. The study captured waste management processes, attitudes towards legal requirements, and sources of information and guidance they used. It also explored appropriate messaging content and channels to improve businesses’ understanding of their legal requirements.

Case studies

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To find out more

Please complete the form to contact our Head of Energy & Environment, Andrew Skone James, to discuss your specific research needs.