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3 EDITOR’S COMMENT “...most important, is that government proves climate change isn't slipping down the political agenda” News that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has been abolished to make way for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) was labelled as ‘unexpected’, ‘unsettling’ and ‘at a time when the industry is looking for some certainty and continuity, a move that won’t help’. Or to put it former Labour leader, Ed Milliband’s way, the ‘DECC abolition is just plain stupid. Climate change not even mentioned in the new dept title.” Love him or loathe him, the former Labour leader certainly has a valid point. If you wanted to know where to go to get more information about what was being done to tackle climate change, the clue was in the department’s name. What does Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy actually mean? What is its remit? What are its key priorities? Well, as if coincidence would have it, the full list of confirmed ministerial responsibilities for BEIS, came out the day HPM went to press, so our questions can now be answered. According to www.gov.uk/government, the key priorities for the department ‘are developing a comprehensive industrial strategy; continuing to ensure the UK remains at the cutting-edge of science, research and innovation; tackling climate change; and ensuring affordable, clean and secure energy supply for the UK’. The site continues: ‘the work of the new department brings together responsibilities for industrial strategy, energy, business, consumers, employees, science, innovation, research, and climate change’. Admittedly, the timing of the details about the plans for BEIS, has given me little time to digest the content, but if I am honest, I am none the wiser. And I suspect I’m not the only one. What is most important in all of this, is that the government proves that climate change isn't slipping down the political agenda. What we want to see is our energy system transformed and clear policies for meeting the UK's decarbonisation commitments. As long as that is guaranteed, the new department can be called anything it wants. Editor www.radiatorfactory.net DISTRIBUTOR TO THE MERCHANTS SCAN FOR BROCHURE SPECIALISTS IN BAY WINDOW RADIATORS CAST IRON RADIATORS DESIGNER RADIATORS ECO-ALUMINIUM RADIATORS TEL: 0116 260 9257 enquiry number 301 T i m Wood


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