Department of Energy and Climate Change

The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is responsible for all aspects of UK energy policy, and for tackling global climate change on behalf of the UK. Our key priorities are to:

  • Save energy with the Green Deal and support vulnerable consumers
  • Deliver secure energy on the way to a low carbon energy future
  • Drive ambitious action on climate change at home and abroad
  • Manage our energy legacy responsibly and cost-effectively

DECC identifies technology innovation as an important policy and delivery objective to meet our challenging future climate change goal of an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. DECC has committed over 150m capital to reduce the cost of existing low carbon technologies as well as support the development and deployment of new technologies. This investment will give the UK a portfolio of energy sources, making best use of our natural resources, as well as making it more cost effective for business to invest in our energy infrastructure and ensure security of supply. Investment in innovation can grow UK companies, and encourages others to locate their supply chains in the UK.

DECC supports energy innovation in a number of ways including direct funding for demonstration and pre-commercial deployment of low carbon technologies. Additional support is provided through indirect funding mechanisms such as the Renewables Obligation, Feed-In Tariffs and Emissions trading. DECC also works to remove barriers such as planning and grid issues that slow the development of low carbon technologies.