BCC responds to Select Committees considering implications of leaving the EU for Energy, Climate and Science and Technology Policy.

Since the end of June a number of inquiries have been set up by House of Commons Select Committees to consider the implications of leaving the EU. Given this is a critical issue for members, BCC has responded to these inquiries; and our energy, climate change and science and technology submissions have now been published by the Select Committees. Within these responses BCC made a number of points, including:

-          Internationally-competitive energy costs and security of supplies are critical issues for UK energy intensive industries (EIIs); which post-Brexit will be vital given the uncertainty around the internal energy market and will be required to maintain international competitiveness.

-          It is vital that the UK’s climate policies aim to grow manufacturing in the UK, including the world’s most carbon-efficient EIIs, and align with the Government’s emerging industrial strategy.

-          Although many EU and UK policies interact, a number are already solely or partly within the UK’s control.

-          There is likely to be minimal impact on the UK’s climate change targets given that the UK has set these through its own Climate Change Act, however, the manner in which they are achieved may change.

-          There is an opportunity for the UK to reconsider its approach to delivering carbon reductions on a territorial, global or consumption basis rather than just UK emissions.

-          Following Brexit, there may also be an opportunity for a number of industry-related climate policies to be reviewed and consolidated.

-          Meeting the UK’s ambitious energy / carbon reduction targets will require far greater investment in the development and demonstration of innovative processes and technologies and it is essential that energy-intensive industries are not disadvantaged by the removal of opportunities for funding, collaboration or participation in European research and innovation programmes.”

BCC will keep members updated of any further ‘Post-Brexit’ developments as they emerge over the coming months. Please contact Jon Flitney (jonf@ceramfed.co.uk) if you have any further questions.

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