Energy Institute welcomes the creation of the Department for Energy and Climate Change

October 6, 2008 at 9:30 am | Posted in Climate change, DECC, Energy security, Environment, Global warming | Leave a comment
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News Release

Monday 6 October 2008. For immediate release

Energy Institute welcomes the creation of the Department for Energy and Climate Change

The Energy Institute (EI) welcomes the creation of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) as part of the UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet reshuffle and the appointment of Ed Miliband as the Secretary of State.

“Energy is a fundamental resource and energy security an issue of strategic importance. Climate change is a challenge which requires global coordination to redress and enhancing the energy system as part of that coordination is an opportunity which should be harnessed”, commented the EI’s Chief Executive Louise Kingham FEI FRSA. “This change in Government organisation hopefully recognises this by putting energy and climate change at the heart of the UK Government going forward”.

“However, we cannot expect new structures alone to solve the challenges we face in this transitional phase for energy system development. There is much to do and the expertise of the EI’s membership and other similar organisations should continue to be utilised and valued in determining and following the right road map. We are therefore looking forward to working with the DECC and Mr Miliband and to making our members’ expertise available to them in order to meet their objectives.”

The mainstream media initially portrayed the announcement of the creation of a new department, with responsibility for the twin intertwined challenges of energy security and climate change, as being welcomed by environmental groups.  By posting examples of reactions from Oil & Gas UK  and the Energy Institute I hope more people realise the extent of support for DECC is not limited to climate change campaigners, but does include the forward-looking organisations that matter—businesses and professional institutions in sectors that can make a significant difference to the way we all use resources and emit carbon, and understand that the only viable future is a sustainable one and ultimately solutions have to be found that address energy needs and climate concerns together.

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