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Climate Change issues are addressed by a number of Government departments as outlined below. If you would like to know more about how any of these Government departments may be able to help you with a climate change project, please contact the CCPO in the first instance.
Government policy on climate change is developed by Defra in conjunction with other Government departments including BIS, the Treasury and the Department for Transport (DfT). The CCPO takes part in this dialogue and has a particular responsibility to reflect the concerns and interests of business to policy makers.
The UK Government takes its role in the field of climate change very seriously, and to this end its has instituted a Climate Change Programme to deliver the UK's Kyoto Protocol target. Responsibility for this rests with Defra. (www.defra.gov.uk/environment/climatechange/index.htm).
The target is a 12.5% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels over the first commitment period, 2008 to 2012. Defra is also the lead department for international climate change negotiations. It launched the UK emissions trading scheme in April 2002, and it has responsibility for the UK’s National Allocation Plan (NAP) required by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (the EU ETS), which began in January 2005.
UK Trade & Investment (a joint BIS and Foreign & Commonwealth Office body) supports the environmental goods and services sector in export markets via the work of the Environmental Industries Sector Unit (ESIU) http://www.uktradeinvest.gov.uk/ukti/environment
BIS also operates a programme to support the renewable energy sector under the title of 'Renewables UK'.