Abolition Of Department Of
Energy And Climate Change
It has been announced that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been abolished as part of new changes made by Theresa May, the UK’s new Prime Minister.
The Abolition of Department of Energy and Climate Change is important because it was responsible for introducing the Energy Companies Obligation (ECO), part of which is the Affordable Warmth Scheme.
New Government Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
Following the abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), it has been announced that the responsibilities of the old department will be merged with those of the department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to form a new Government department: the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The new Government department will be headed by the former Communities Secretary Greg Clark MP, who served as the Shadow Energy Secretary for the Conservative Party from 2008 to 2010. Meanwhile, former Secretary for the Department of Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd has been promoted to Theresa May’s former position of Home Secretary.
There has been mixed reaction to the news with some commentators claiming that the fight to reduce carbon emissions has been put into question, whilst others claim that a more integrated approach will be adopted by placing Energy and Business in the same Government Department.
The announcement was confirmed by a Department of Energy and Climate Change official earlier today (14 July 2016), who said that DECC has merged with the department of Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) to form a beefed up business and energy ministry.
Comments on the Abolition of Department of Energy and Climate Change:
Friends of the Earth’s chief executive Craig Bennett said:
“This is shocking news. Less than a day into the job and it appears that the new Prime Minister has already downgraded action to tackle climate change, one of the biggest threats we face.
The Energy and Climate Change Committee’s chair Angus MacNeil said:
“DECC’s disappearance raises urgent questions. To whom falls the central statutory obligation, contained in the Climate Change Act 2008, to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions by 80% from their 1990 baseline?