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Have your say on energy and climate change policy - 07 June 2010


Do you want to help shape the Coalition Government's energy and climate change policies? The Programme for Government website gives you the opportunity to enter public discussion on key areas. Departments will then use comments for policy development and the Government will also respond in coming weeks to the most popular areas of feedback. The comments function on the website will close at the end of Thursday 10 June.


Houses of Parliament

Energy Bill announced in Queen's Speech - 25 May 2010


Legislation will be introduced to improve energy efficiency in British homes and businesses, to promote low carbon energy production, and to secure our energy supplies. The Bill is to provide a step change in the provision of energy efficiency measures to homes and businesses, and to put in place a framework to deliver a future with secure, low carbon energy supplies and fair competition in the energy markets.


Energy and Climate Change Secretary, Chris Huhne said,


"The Queen's Speech and last week's programme of Government make clear that energy security and taking real action to tackle climate change aren't add on extras for this new Government, but are vital to our national interest."


"The Energy Bill is designed to help consumers put a stop to wasting energy in their homes through a green deal while making sure our energy system is fit for the 21st century."


HM Treasury

Departmental Savings Announcement - 24 May 2010


The Chancellor of the Exchequer has announced this morning £6.2 billion of cuts in this year’s spending. As part of the Whitehall-wide effort to reduce the deficit, DECC is making savings of £85m which will be delivered from cutting waste and inefficiency, and reducing lower priority programme spend:


  • £4.8m from the department’s administrative costs including savings on pay and travel
  • £20.2m from efficiencies across the Department’s delivery bodies
  • £26m from other efficiencies including £6m by targeting lower impact spend in the Regional Development Agencies, and reducing their running costs
  • £34m from business support programmes including moving forward closure of the Low Carbon Buildings Programme. 


Chris Huhne in Aberdeen

Huhne Backs Aberdeen's Energy Industries - 21 May 2010


Aberdeen has received a vote of confidence from new Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne. Visiting only a week after taking up office, Mr Huhne toured stands at the All Energy renewables exhibition, visited oil firm Apache and met industry leaders at Oil and Gas UK.


Speaking during the visit, Chris Huhne said,

"My in tray is heavy with two massive responsibilities - cutting dangerous carbon emissions and ensuring secure and reliable energy supplies. This city has a crucial role to play in both of these and our ambition to create a low carbon economy."


Prime Minister David Cameron visits DECC - 14 May 2010


Prime Minister, David Cameron visited DECC HQ today and pledged to make this,"the greenest government ever. It's a very simple ambition and one I'm absolutely committed to achieving."

The PM announced that carbon emissions from central government will be cut by 10% in the next 12 months. Government department headquarters will also publish online in real time their energy use so that the public can hold ministers and civil servants to account for their carbon footprint.

The PM spoke to staff, telling them that their agenda was "enormous and pressing".


Chris Huhne, Secretary of State

New Ministers for Energy and Climate Change  - 13 May 2010


Chris Huhne MP has been appointed Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the new coalition government.

Charles Hendry MP and Gregory Barker MP have been appointed as Ministers of State for Energy and Climate Change.

Lord Marland has been appointed as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.




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