The government has announced that the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is to be broken up as part of Rishi Sunak’s Cabinet reshuffle. The prime minister has unveiled a new Department for Energy Security and Net Zero, which will be led by Grant Shapps, previously the BEIS secretary. This could help prioritise net-zero or mean that non-energy emissions are ignored. The implications for carbon, affordability and the ongoing energy crisis are likely to be played out in the weeks and months to come.

Reported in the Guardian, Labour’s secretary for climate change and net zero, Ed Miliband, said “a rearranging of deckchairs on the sinking Titanic of failed Conservative energy policy will not rescue the country”.

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