MPs have published the three areas of work by which the House of Commons Energy Committee aims to hold Energy Minister Amber Rudd to account – with the top priority being the UK’s climate-change targets.
Their work programme includes:
- Scrutinising DECC policies to identify whether all three aspects of the energy trilemma are being addressed by the Government in a balanced way.
- Investigating the potential impact of new and possibly disruptive technologies to assess whether the UK is adequately prepared to deal with the changes that are already happening and to capitalise on the opportunities that these new technologies will bring.
- Focussing on the Government’s long-term approach to meeting climate targets, including the outcome of the Paris summit and the fifth carbon budget and the associated carbon plan.
Angus MacNeil, (MP for Western Isles), Chairman of the Westminster Energy Cttee, said: “The UK’s climate change targets will be a priority area of work in 2016, starting with our recently launched inquiry on ‘setting the fifth carbon budget’.
“We will also consider how we can best scrutinise the Government’s approach to decarbonising heat and transport.”