Department of Energy and Climate Change

About us

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was created in October 2008, to bring together:

  • energy policy (previously with BERR, which is now BIS – the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills[external Link]), and
  • climate change mitigation policy (previously with Defra – the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs[external Link]).

Climate change is not only a massive threat to the global environment, it is also perhaps the greatest economic challenge facing us in the twenty-first century. It demands an urgent and radical response across the developed and developing world.

At the same time, the UK needs to secure clean, safe, affordable energy to heat and power our homes and businesses. Creating a low carbon and resource efficient world means making major structural changes to the way we work and live, including how we source, manage and use our energy.

DECC exists to take the lead in tackling these challenges.

What we do

Our Department reflects the fact that climate change and energy policies are inextricably linked – two thirds of our emissions come from the energy we use. Decisions in one field cannot be made without considering the impacts in the other.

DECC’s 7 Departmental Strategic Objectives are:

1. Secure global commitments which prevent dangerous climate change
2. Reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the UK
3. Ensure secure energy supplies
4. Promote fairness through our climate and energy policies at home and abroad
5. Ensure the UK benefits from the business and employment opportunities of a low carbon future
6. Manage energy liabilities effectively and safely
7. Develop the Department’s capability, delivery systems and relationships so that we serve the public effectively

Department of Energy and Climate Change

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