MP's concern at loss of climate change government group
MP has expressed concerns about the loss of a specific government
department for climate change in Theresa May's Westminster reshuffle.
James Heappey, who is a member of the Energy and Climate Change
Select Committee, said he is "relatively relaxed" about
the loss of DECC (the Department of Energy & Climate Change),
he added that he hopes it would mean each governmental department
would become responsible for their own decarbonisation.
Heappey, speaking at the launch of an Association of Decentralised
Energy report this week, said: "Our experience over the last
year has been that DECC has been banging its head against a brick
wall about other departments not meeting their decarbonisation
if this is all a ruse to make every department responsible for
that then thats fine by me."
However, he added that it "bothers" him that such a
huge area of policy such as energy is to be handled as just one
string of a multi-focussed department.
Energy and Climate Change Select Committee (ECCC) met earlier
this week to discuss their future now Decc has been scrapped.
ECCCs first major report looked at smart grids, and it is
currently investigating whether the 2020 renewable heat and transport
targets are achievable.
Heappey said: "We are going to campaign to parliament that
the committee should continue to exist in order to make sure that
the new department and all the other departments that now need
to worry about climate change continue to do that."
we are successful in persuading parliament to do that? Who knows."
Theresa May's appointment as Prime Minister earlier this month,
DECC was disbanded and merged with the Department for Business,
Innovation and Skills to form the Department for Business, Energy
and Industrial Strategy under Greg Clark MP.