Transparency and Freedom of Information

The publication of this data is part of the Government’s commitment to transparency and accountability across Government.

DECC is committed to being an open and transparent government department, and aims to ensure that its data is as accessible as possible. We publish information in a variety of ways and in a range of formats. This website contains everything published by DECC, but our data is also available from Data.gov.uk, the CLG Places database, and the ONS Neighbourhood Statistics site among others.

All the energy and climate change statistics we produce are published within the Statistics section of this site; transactional and managerial data is available from these pages about Transparency.

DECC continues to look for ways in which we can develop our range of published data and indicators to help provide greater transparency.

For further information on transparency, please see the Transparency section of the Number 10 website which is committed to publishing information about the inner workings of government.


A review of information – a more transparent approach

DECC is undertaking a review of the information that it provides to the public including compiling an inventory of its information assets. We are also working with a wide range of communities to maximise the value derived from our data and improve the transparency of our information, for example:

  • Engaging with our analytical and statistical communities to improve how we make our non-personal and non-commercial data more accessible 
  • Working across business areas and with the public service providers for which we are responsible to ensure transparency is recognised as a key operating principle and information is routinely published
  • Reviewing our existing suite of management information to see what can be published
  • Committing to make all appropriate datasets available from all new policy and delivery initiatives

FOI logoAsking for information under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act

DECC is committed to proactively releasing as much data as possible, but we recognise that gaps may exist, so we continue to make information available, wherever possible, under Freedom Of Information and Environmental Information legislation.

If you would like more information, you can ask for this under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000. Certain categories of information cannot be made available (for example for national security or commercial sensitivity reasons) but if we can we will send you what you ask for. Please be as specific as you can in your request.

You can email us at:

foi@decc.gsi.gov.uk

or write to us at:

Information Rights Unit
Orchard 3, 1st Floor
1 Victoria Street,
London SW1H OET


Complaints

If you are not satisfied with the response you can request a review by writing to the responding official.

We aim to respond to substantive complaints within 20 working days unless the matter is complex, in which case it may take longer. You will be notified of the target date and we will let you know if any delays appear likely. The review will normally be conducted by a senior manager at Director level.

If you are unhappy with the outcome of a review you can apply to the Information Commissioner, who enforces and oversees the Freedom of Information Act.

For more information about Freedom of Information, see the Ministry of Justice: Freedom of Information web pages.


Asking for personal information

If you want to ask for personal information, that is information about a living individual, this will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act 1998. If you want to ask whether DECC holds any personal data relating to you, please email us at

dataprotection@decc.gsi.gov.uk

or write to us at:

Data Protection Officer
Orchard 3, 1st Floor
1 Victoria Street,
London SW1H OET


DECC's Publication Scheme

This section also represents the Department’s publication scheme, drawn up under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000.

The purpose of the publication scheme is to set out:

  • classes of information we commit to publish as a matter of course
  • how this information will be published
  • whether the information is available free of charge or on payment 

The publication scheme fulfils the requirements of the Information Commissioner as set out in the model publication scheme for FOI public authorities supported by the Commissioner’s definition document for Government departments.


Welsh Language Scheme

In accordance with section 21 of the Welsh Language Act 1993, DECC has established a Welsh Language scheme. The scheme was approved by the Welsh Language Board on 29 March 2012.

The Welsh Language Act establishes the principle that in the conduct of public business and the administration of justice in Wales, the Welsh and English languages should be treated on a basis of equality. DECC’s scheme describes how we intend to give effect to this principle when providing services to the public in Wales.

Download the scheme:

If you have any questions, please contact the Corporate Communications team:

  • Corporate Communications team
    Department of Energy and Climate Change
    3, Whitehall Place, Area 5a
    London, SW1A 2HH
    Tel: 0300 060 4000

Information charter

A copy of the Department's Information charter is available:

Information charter Size: [32 KB] File Type: [.pdf]

DECC's Open Data Strategy

The Open Data Strategy provides information on how the Department is publishing data relating to energy and climate change, together with performance management data and statistics. The Strategy also addresses how DECC is building data owndership and availability into its flagship policies, the Green Deal and the Smart Meters programme.

 

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