Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
The new Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) leads on the twin challenges of climate change and energy supply. Our goals are:
· achievement of a strong global agreement on climate change in late 2009;
· a smooth transition to a low carbon Britain;
· energy that is affordable, secure and sustainable.
DECC plays a major role in international negotiations and in promoting new low carbon technologies and energy efficiency at home and abroad. We work to increase the use of renewable energy, nuclear generation and cleaner fossil fuels. Under the Climate Change Act, DECC will manage the UK’s carbon budgets to ensure the Government meets its European and international emissions reduction commitments. We aim to deliver our objectives through competitive markets, while taking steps to ensure the poorest in society can afford the energy they need.
Our lawyers belong to a new, flexible legal team, formed to support the new department. DECC has a major legislative and regulatory agenda, and we aim to provide DECC with robust support when taking and defending challenges to what can be controversial decisions. The work can be complex and high profile, and more specific issues on which we are working include heat and energy saving policy, carbon capture and storage, EU initiatives on renewable energy, the planning regime for large energy projects and UK initiatives on nuclear non-proliferation.
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