Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Change of Ministerial Responsibilities
Ministerial responsibilities for the Clean Growth Strategy and for Energy have been brought together in a move which certainly appears logical even though there are clearly risks of delay to established as well as proposed programmes and initiatives. However, this prospect of delay does also represent an opportunity for Industry to come together and prepare itself to make the most of the integration of portfolios.
There remains a compelling case for the clarification of policies needed to secure necessary investment – both short-term and long-term.
Please see below a breakdown of the most relevant Government reshuffle changes.
The Rt Hon Claire Perry, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth
Following the reshuffle Ms Perry was promoted to attend cabinet.
The Minister is responsible for:
- Industrial Strategy
- carbon budgets
- international climate change, including International Climate Fund
- climate science and innovation
- green finance
- energy efficiency and heat, including fuel poverty
- low carbon generation
- energy retail markets
- smart meters and smart systems
- oil and gas, including shale gas
- security of supply
- electricity and gas wholesale markets and networks
- international energy
- energy security, including resilience and emergency planning
Richard Harrington, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Business and Industry
- Industrial Strategy
- Sector Deals
- advanced manufacturing
- materials, including steel
- infrastructure and construction
- professional services
- rail supply chain
- Pubs Code policy
- supply chains
No other changes were made to ministerial responsibilities at BEIS.
As the UK prepares to leave the EU there is a strong need for clearer policy signals. Leaving the Single Market, the EU’s Internal Energy Market and Euratom would create greater uncertainty for all stakeholder groups. The Government has a number of challenges in this sector, most notably energy security – which, unless adequate preparations are in place, could lead to outages and/or rapid increases in consumer prices.
So it is vital that Government, with the support of Industry, takes the lead in developing the right energy mix in order to meet both supply and climate targets through 2050 and beyond. UKES is pleased to be able to support this endeavour.