26 Aug '17, 7am

Scrapping of UK climate change department receives mixed reaction

Scrapping of UK climate change department receives mixed reaction

The axing of DECC and the integration of British climate change and clean energy policies into the new Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) department has received a mixed reaction across the UK clean energy sector and among British environmental groups. Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace in particular claimed it is retrograde step, demonstrating the downgrading of climate change as a government priority. Sir Ed Davey, former coalition Energy Secretary, also criticised the decision, claiming it would hit investor confidence, while former Labour Party leader Ed Miliband described it as “plain stupid”. However, Government sources have acted swiftly to calm fears of a ‘watering down’ of UK clean energy policy. “Tackling climate change remains a key priority for the government with the creation of BEIS and is essential in ensuring economic prosperity and security fo...

Full article: https://www.renewableenergymagazine.com/panorama/scrappin...

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