The Department for Energy and Climate Change Responds to our Open Letter

In August 2015 we sent an open letter to Amber Rudd MP, the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, questioning some of the concerning policy decisions made by the Government since its election in May. We have now received a response from the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) which you can read in full here. We have drawn out the main points from the letter, and some follow up questions below. Please use these as a base for your own letters- if your MP is a Conservative, you ask ask them about some of the statements made in this letter directly, if not you can ask them to forward to Amber Rudd. You can also ask them to give you a copy of her response which we would be really grateful to see too.

We recommend picking just a couple of the points made in this letter- ones that seem to need the most further explanation to you. If you would like further information on a particular point please get in touch with us and we will be very happy to help. 

Our Analysis and Further Questions to Rudd's Response

We welcome DECC’s commitment to demonstrating that action on climate change does not stand in opposition to business- for example, according to the letter, in 2013 the UK low carbon sector supported over 460,000 jobs. We were also encouraged by some of the figures in the letter, such the reduction of the UK’s coal use from 40% in 2012 to 29% in 2014 and DECC’s acknowledgement that a global deal at Paris COP21 is in the UK’s interest.

However, we believe the response to our open letter leaves several important questions unanswered. We have drawn out the some points and our follow up questions below. Our two main questions are:

  • Could the Government explain its reasoning for cancelling Feed-In Tariffs when it only costs each household £1 a year (expected to rise to only £6 a year by 2020)? 
  • Could the Government explain its support for the exploration of further fossil fuel reserves which include pledging £1.3bn in foreign exports? You can find out more resources for responding to this on Christian Aid's new campaign, The Big Shift