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Future challenges in energy and climate change policy: evidence call

17 November 2014

The Energy and Climate Change Committee launches its new inquiry into future challenges in energy and climate change policy.

The UK is committed, under the 2008 Climate Change Act, to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by at least 80% (from the 1990 baseline) by 2050. Significantly reducing GHG emissions from the energy sector by 2030 is considered to be a critical first step towards meeting this target. A more efficient, low-carbon energy system should be achieved, however, while maintaining security of energy supply and minimising the cost of energy to consumers – often referred to as the ‘energy trilemma’.  

Purpose of inquiry

This inquiry will explore what a UK energy system, that successfully tackles the energy trilemma, would look like by 2030. It will also explore what challenges will need to be overcome during the next Parliament (2015-2020) to help us get there. 

Terms of Reference

The Committee invites responses addressing one or both of the following issues:

  • What are the greatest challenges in UK energy and climate change policy over the next Parliament (2015-2020)?
  • What would a UK energy system, that successfully tackles the energy trilemma, look like by 2030 and beyond?

Notes on submission of written evidence

Written submissions for this inquiry should be submitted via the inquiry page on the Energy and Climate Change Committee website.

The deadline is Monday 15 December 2014.

As a guideline submissions should state clearly who the submission is from e.g. ‘Written evidence submitted by xxxx’ and be no longer than 500 words; please contact the Committee staff if you wish to discuss this. If you need to send hard copy please send it to: The Clerk, Energy and Climate Change Committee, 14 Tothill Street, London, SW1H 9NB.

Submissions must be a self-contained memorandum in Word or Rich Text Format (not PDFs). Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference and the document should, if possible, include an executive summary.

Submissions should be original work, not previously published or circulated elsewhere. Once submitted, your submission becomes the property of the Committee and no public use should be made of it unless you have first obtained permission from the Clerk of the Committee. Please bear in mind that Committees are not able to investigate individual cases.

Publication of evidence

The Committee normally, though not always, chooses to publish the written evidence it receives, either by printing the evidence, publishing it on the internet or by making it publicly available through the Parliamentary Archives. If there is any information you believe to be sensitive you should highlight it and explain what harm you believe would result from its disclosure; the Committee will take this into account in deciding whether to publish or further disclose the evidence.

The personal information you supply will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 for the purposes of attributing the evidence you submit and contacting you as necessary in connection with its processing. The Clerk of the House of Commons is the data controller for the purposes of the Act.

Further information