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Closure of DECC: Threat or opportunity?

Climate change needs to remain our top priority

Climate change needs to remain our top priority

The closure of DECC has caused alarm, but the focus needs to be on creating a sustainable fossil free future – and our Government still has its commitments to keep, and is still accountable.

Whilst we welcome a renewed effort in the battle to tackle climate change, the scrapping of DECC (Department of Energy & Climate Change) has caused alarm for industry leaders and experts.

Having climate change policy fall within a wider remit of responsibilities would suggest that Whitehall are downgrading the status of climate change.

Alternatively, the creation of BEIS (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) could elevate climate change issues to a much higher level politically. Arguably, the UK’s decarbonisation efforts could be bolstered by implementing significant changes in business and industry, shaped by the same policy leaders.

It’s important to stress that we can only speculate, but this is clearly a disruptive major change.

In the aftermath of the decision to scrap DECC and before the fully formed creation of BEIS, we need to consider the success of the former. DECC has delivered some truly remarkable achievements; carbon emissions have fallen drastically and consistently, investment in clean energy has hit record levels, and the phasing out of coal has taken a considerable step forward.

Government backing is essential to fully realise a sustainable future

Is that progress threatened? This absolutely has to be an opportunity to create strengthened environmental laws, with mechanisms and structures that are robust and void of party politics to reverse the effects of climate change. More than ever we urge a cross-party collaborative approach dedicated to shaping priorities and ensuring outcomes.

Triodos Bank has seen the growing public support, investment and confidence in the multi-billion pound green economy and believes that despite its resilience, Government backing is essential to fully realise a sustainable future.

The UK has made a strong commitment to tackling climate change, with one of the most ambitious carbon targets in the world in the form of the Climate Change Act, and is something collectively we cannot afford to lose sight on.

 

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Fiona 3 years ago

That depends on whether Theresa Mays cabinet believe they must bring climate change into mainstream politics or whether they are sidelining it further… Yet to be ascertained.

Paul Jennings 3 years ago

Threat, when set in the context of Brexit, resultant economic pressure and current political climate.

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J Mark Dodds 3 years ago

There’s no doubt. The record of DECC and past records can be characterised as having achieved remarkable success in reducing carbon emissions but the blunt reality is the UK is decades behind where it should be. We’re all fur coat and no knickers. Don’t be polite and speculate. We’re going backwards fast

J Mark Dodds 3 years ago

There’s no doubt. The record of DECC and past records can be characterised as having achieved remarkable success in reducing carbon emissions but the blunt reality is the UK is decades behind where it should be. We’re all fur coat and no knickers. Don’t be polite and speculate. We’re going backwards fast

Julie Daniels 3 years ago

Didn’t DECC use to oversee the nuclear industry? Who is doing that now?

Cat 3 years ago

This move appears to downgrade environmental concerns to an add on as though it’s a case of ‘Job done’.

Alan 3 years ago

Another way to put a nail in the green future that is needed to save us. This is just another way big industry is thinking of its profitable before the environment. By lobbying Government they show by closing down DECC they can threaten other departments who are a threat to them and profit.