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Leaving the EU: Implications for UK climate policy

The UK’s climate-change agenda has been driven by a mixture of national and international policies. Nationally, the Climate Change Act 2008 sets the UK decarbonisation agenda up to 2050. On the international stage, the UK currently negotiates as part of the EU block. Withdrawal from the EU raises questions as to the UK’s position with respect to existing EU pledges and policies, and its future interaction with the EU block to fight climate change. 

Objectives of the consultation

The House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee conducted an inquiry exploring the implications of the UK’s departure from the EU on the UK’s climate-change commitments and ambitions. It aimed to determine which climate policy areas will need to be addressed during the UK’s exit negotiations. It also sought guidance on an appropriate timeline for these developments.

The Committee invited responses addressing some, or all, of the following questions in no more than 3,000 words:

  • What role has the UK played within the EU in terms of driving the bloc’s international climate change ambitions?
  • What should be the Government’s priorities on the EU Emissions Trading System when negotiating the UK’s exit from the EU? What would a successful negotiation outcome look like?
  • What are the implications of the UK’s exit from the EU on both the UK’s and the EU’s COP21 pledges? What will be the UK’s future role within the United Nations climate change processes?
  • What should be the Government’s priorities in deciding which EU-led climate policies and legislation to retain?

The inquiry concluded on 22 August 2016.

CIBSE response

CIBSE did not submit a response to this inquiry as there were no significant comments from CIBSE Members.