The UK’s new Prime Minister Theresa May has merged its Department of Energy & Climate Change with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to create the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a move that, effectively abolishes their Climate Change department.
Scottish National Party lawmaker Angus MacNeil who chairs the parliamentary committee that scrutinizes the energy and climate change department, told Bloomberg that the move brings into question “which department will take responsibility for the energy and climate aspects of negotiations to leave the EU? Who will champion decarbonization in cabinet? Who will drive innovation in the energy sector?”
Clark, who is described by Renewable UK, the UK’s main clean energy renewal lobby group, as an “excellent” choice for the position, was further described as a person who “understands climate change, and has written influential papers on the benefits of Britain developing a low-carbon economy,” by Richard Black, director of the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)
“Importantly, he sees that economic growth and tackling climate change are bedfellows not opponents –- and he now has the opportunity to align British industry, energy and climate policy in a way that’s never been done before.”