Industry leaders are looking for “urgent progress” from the new dedicated government department focused on energy.
Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, split up the responsibilities of BEIS as part of a shake-up which saw the creation of the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, led by Grant Shapps.
The new department has been tasked with securing long-term energy supply, bringing down bills and ensuring progress towards Net Zero.
“The move recognises the significant impact rising prices have had on households across the country as a result of Putin’s illegal war in Ukraine, and the need to secure more energy from domestic nuclear and renewable sources as we seize the opportunities of Net Zero,” said the Government.
Energy UK's CEO, Emma Pinchbeck, said a dedicated energy department was welcome given the pivotal importance of energy.
However, she said its significance depends on the progress it makes on the energy crisis and ensuring the UK maintains its position as a leader on Net Zero investment and infrastructure.
“A secure, affordable energy system needs urgent action - from helping customers switch to low carbon heating and make their homes and businesses energy efficient, to tackling the affordability crisis as well as removing barriers resulting from the planning system and grid capacity,” she said.
Joe Tetlow, Senior Political Advisor at thinktank Green Alliance, also said “any real progress towards the UK’s climate ambitions depended on strong financial support and co-operation across departments”.
“It’s great to see Net Zero elevated to cabinet level representation. We hope Grant Shapps will get the proper backing from Treasury and powers to coordinate work across government.”