Today (7th of February) the Prime Minister has created four new government departments. These changes are focused on the Prime Minister’s five promises (to halve inflation, grow the economy, reduce debt, cut waiting lists and stop the boats).
The new departments are:
- Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
- Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
- Department for Business and Trade
- Department for Culture, Media and Sport
Rishi Sunak pledged to create a new government department devoted to energy security as part of his summer leadership campaign. The UK had a separate energy department before it was merged with the business department by Theresa May in 2016 to create BEIS.
There is an urgent need to develop low carbon technologies and deliver the Net Zero Strategy by the end of March. The new Department for Energy Security and Net Zero is a positive change for government, allowing for a focused approach to develop low carbon policy.
Currently, BEIS have confirmed there is no action for us to change BEIS branding across our projects in Gemserv.
Department for Energy Security and Net Zero
This department has been tasked with securing long-term energy supply, bringing down bills and halving inflation. The move recognises the rise in energy bills, as a result of Russia’s war in Ukraine, and the need to secure ‘home grown’ energy from nuclear and renewable sources to achieve net zero in the UK.
Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP appointed Secretary of State.
During his time at BEIS, Shapps made reforms to the onshore wind farm planning regime, investment in energy efficiency, and support for clean technology innovation as priorities.
Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
This department will drive innovation for improved public services, creating new and better-paid jobs and grow the economy. It will focus on scientific and technical innovations, turning them into practical, appliable solutions to the challenges faced in the UK.
There could be some cross over between this department and the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, with the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology covering “technical innovations”
Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP appointed Secretary of State.
Department for Business and Trade
The department will support growth by backing British businesses nationally and abroad, promoting investment and championing free trade.
Rt Hon Kemi Badenoch MP appointed Secretary of State.