DECC department scrapped
18th July 2016 | Commercial Energy
One of the first moves which new UK Prime Minister Theresa May made was to scrap the Department of Energy and Climate Change. This caused Scotland’s Energy Minister, Paul Wheelhouse, to call for urgent calls with the UK Government: he said that this calls into question Theresa May’s commitment to tackling climate change and supporting the struggling oil and gas sector.
The responsibilities of the axed DECC are now covered in the newly established Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, as a result of May’s first cabinet reshuffle. This new department will be headed up by Greg Clark, the former DECC minister.
Many environmental groups condemned the decision and Ed Miliband, former Labour Party Leader and Leader of the Opposition, calling it “Plain stupid” on his twitter feed.
Paul Wheelhouse said he would be looking for assurance that the UK Government will back efforts to create jobs and maximise benefits from the renewable energy sector, secure electricity supplies for everyone and cut carbon emissions.
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