Thursday, February 12, 2009

NEW: Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) Select Committee

There are several committees in parliament which look at climate change in various ways. In general the select committees are very good and debunking govornment spin and providing a voice of support for stringent cuts in emissions. There have been some changes recently, so to summerise.

There are several select committees:
  1. The Environmental Audit Committee (which has hitherto done most of the work on climate change and is focused on a theme rather than a department).
  2. The Envronment Food and Rural Afairs (EFRA) Committee (which has looked at DEFRAs work, including climate change to a significant degree)
  3. The Energy and Climate Change Committee (which has taken onthe climate change part of EFRAs brief in the same way that the department for energy and climate change has taken on the climate change part of DEFRAs work)
Other than these committees some significant players in the general milieu of gvornment climate policy are:
  1. The Committee on Climate Change (setup to oversee the climate change bill).
  2. The Sustainable Development Comission.

The new energy and climate change committee has web pages here.

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At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks like a fairly comprehensive list of committees across many venues. What private organizations are you aware of that will keep a watch dog on them? I'd like to follow along from the U.S.

At 9:28 AM, Blogger Calvin Jones said...

I dont think there is a private organisation which watches these committees and makes a digest of their work. All of the minutes from meetings and the reports are available on the parliament website, video of some of the evidence sessions is also available.

I think that one imortant difference from US senate committees is that the UK groups continue a dialogue with govornment and have some influence amongst MP's but they arent directly involved in writing legislation...i believe that committees in the US have a more powerful role.


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