As part of the new UK Prime Minister’s cabinet reshuffle Greg Clark, the former Communities Secretary, has been announced as the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
The Department for Energy and Climate Change will cease to exist as a separate department.
In an investor communication issued today by DECC, it confirmed that: Greg Clark “will head a new department that will bring together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation and energy.
Climate change will cease to be housed within a specific department and has caused some concern within certain quarters. However, many people believe that this will put renewables and low carbon very much at the centre of our business and industrial strategy.
It is hoped that it will create a greater degree of engagement and alignment between clean energy and business/industrial policy at a time when infrastructure investment could now be a key part of the UK’s growth strategy.
It is likely and proper that the emphasis will continue to be on affordable energy maintaining the focus on cost efficiencies. This will play well to the clean energy sector, which is increasingly capable in many areas of delivering at grid parity, and is able to compete effectively on cost with other technologies whilst at the same time being able to delivering low carbon solutions at scale and at speed.
Greg Clark has experience of climate change and demonstrated a strong commitment to a low carbon economy in his previous role as a shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.
Mr Clark, speaking of his new role, said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading Government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change.”