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Post-Brexit climate change policy to be discussed following push from House of Lords

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This week, academics and energy sector bodies will discuss the future of Britain’s post-Brexit climate change policy, following a call to action from the House of Lords.

The House of Lords EU energy and environment sub-committee launched an inquiry earlier this week, with the intent of ascertaining what the UK’s key interests will be in shaping a new environment prior to official Brexit negotiations.

The first evidence session will take place on Wednesday 26 October and will seek to determine the level of co-operation needed with the EU in order to achieve the UK’s aims going forward.

Reports have revealed that the session will be split into two sections:

  • An examination of the UK’s legislative position once Brexit takes effect, and what the UK will do in order to enforce environmental protection and climate change policy going forward.
  • An analysis of the UK’s future involvement with the EU with regards to developing environmental policy. This will include a re-examination of Britain’s key priorities for environmental policy post-Brexit.

The forthcoming evidence session follows ongoing criticisms that the Government has ‘downgraded’ the importance of UK energy policy since the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was disbanded in favour of the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).