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Devolution: Carbon Emissions

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform what discussions his Department has had with the devolved Administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to co-ordinate action on carbon emissions reduction. (187458)

DBERR worked with the devolved Administrations over the development of the 2007 Energy White Paper, which sets out the UK Government’s energy strategy. The role of the devolved Administrations in energy policy is set out in chapter 9 of that document. DBERR actively engages with the devolved Administrations on issues on which they have specific responsibilities or interests. In the last year, these have included discussions on the EU’s integrated climate change and energy policy, renewables, including the renewables obligation offshore wind policy and the offshore energy strategic environmental assessment, electricity grid issues, carbon capture and storage, the feasibility study for power generation in the Severn estuary (with the Welsh Assembly Government), the Heat Call for Evidence, the establishment of the Environmental Transformation Fund, and of course on the Energy Bill. Moreover, DBERR contributes to the work of bodies such as the Carbon Trust and the Energy Saving Trust which are charged with reducing emissions across the UK.