The government has offered the clearest signal yet that the merger of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and the Department of Business, Innovation, and Skills (BIS) is intended to strengthen the UK’s efforts to tackle climate change, confirming the new department will enable a “whole-economy” approach to decarbonisation. Speaking following his appointment last week as the secretary of state at the new Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS), Greg Clark said the department was “charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change”.
Business Green 19th July 2016 read more »
With the ministerial merry-go-round of the new Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle now complete, a degree of confusion remains over who exactly holds the keys to the Government’s green agenda. Here, edie lists the energy and environment ministers that have traded places in the recent overhaul.
Edie 19th July 2016 read more »
The merger between the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills “does not mean the clock is being turned back”. However, the marriage will not be “cost free”, the director of the UK Energy Research Centre, Jim Watson, has warned. “Some people see opportunities to integrate energy and climate policy more firmly with wider industrial strategy, while others are concerned over an apparent downgrading of climate change as a policy priority,” he said, at an event in London. He said “time will tell” which view is correct but the merger “does not mean that the clock is being turned back to the days when government viewed energy as a priority, or when energy and climate issues were split across different departments”.
Utility Week 19th July 2016 read more »
Jim Watson: As part of the new Prime Minister’s extensive reshuffle late last week, it was announced that the Departments of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) are to merge to form a new Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). Taken at face value, this looks like a backwards step to a time when energy and climate policy were much less important. But is the creation of BEIS necessarily a bad thing?
SPRU 19th July 2016 read more »