Climate Change

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 30th July 2019.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Liberal Democrat, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, with reference to his Department's Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, which parts of the Government’s plan for meeting climate change requirements in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal have been implemented.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

As part of the UK government’s climate change preparations for a no deal scenario:

  • The Government has prepared to maintain GHG emissions Monitoring, Reporting and Verification arrangements by laying two EU Exit Statutory Instruments (SIs) in Parliament which amend the GHG Emissions Trading Scheme regulations and related EU legislation which would be carried over into UK law by the Withdrawal Act.
  • A Carbon Emissions Tax was established through the Finance Act 2019, which will commence from 4 November in the event the UK leaves the EU ETS under a No Deal scenario.
  • We laid an SI on 8 March 2019 to fix legislative deficiencies in domestic law for Eco -design and Energy Labelling, and we will be laying a further SI to account for regulations that have come into force since 29 March.
  • A UK energy label generator was made available on GOV.UK on 4 April 2019 to enable UK-only suppliers to generate compliant energy labels in the event that the EU label generator becomes inaccessible following the UK’s exit

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