Cabinet Restructure - Key changes by new PM

26Jul / 2016

Cabinet Restructure – Key changes by new PM

The key changes made by new Prime Minister, Theresa May, to the cabinet strcuture, and what this means for the energy and other associated industries.

In summary:

  • Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is now The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Leadership of this new department has been handed to Greg Clark in his new role of secretary of state. Being known for his green sympathies, Clark’s transition from shadow secretary for energy and climate change (2008 – 2010) has been welcomed by many in the environment industry. However, the fact that he voted against reducing the permitted CO2 emission rate of new homes and the setting of a strategy for carbon capture and storage for the energy industry challenges this perception.

A letter signed by thirty environment and energy organisations including the Greenpeace and the Renewable Energy Association have called on Clark to commit to the UK’s 2020 carbon emission goals as the government prepares it’s negotiation out of the EU.

  • Appointment of Andrea Leadsom as environment secretary and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)

Prompting a more questionable reaction than the appointment of Clark, Andrea Leadsom’s move from energy minister to environment secretary is set to be challenging. Taking control of some of the sectors most affected by EU law, crucial decisions around funding for UK farming and protection of wildlife now fall into the hands of the former city banker.

  • Transport and Treasury

Chris Grayling, who was promoted from leader of the house to secretary of state for transport, now has the unenviable challenge of weighing up which airport, Heathrow or Gatwick, receives its expansion permissions.  He will also be charged with overseeing the delivery of HS2.

Having had his responsibilities diminished, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has been relegated to the back benches, raising the question of how this will impact Osborne’s flagship Northern Powerhouse initiative.

 

Read the full article on the environmental analyst website.