Climate Change and Energy
Terms of Reference
The Climate Change and Energy Working Party (CCEWP) seeks to influence and improve laws aimed at tackling climate change and promoting renewable energy. Our key priority areas currently are:
- The legal aspects of the implementation of the Climate Change Act 2008, particularly carbon budgets, the Climate Change Committee and the role of regulation in progressing towards targets
- Low carbon energy investment support, under the Electricity Market Reform, Feed-in Tariffs, Renewables Obligation, Renewable Heat Incentive and other instruments
- Energy efficiency policy, including the CRC energy efficiency scheme, particularly the regulatory and enforcement aspects and Climate Change Agreements
- Corporate reporting on carbon - what does this mean for business?
- Carbon capture and storage -watching brief
Given the broad scope of this area, our activities go beyond pure 'environment law' and into consideration of the policy behind the legislation (in particular, in relation to the carbon markets, emissions trading, energy security and broader energy market regulation). The input and assistance of specialists in other areas (e.g. financial services, tax) is also therefore welcomed.
Contact the convenors if you would like to join the group.
Recent Events and Activities
The Climate Change & Energy WP held a session at the Annual Conference on Friday 26th June 2020. A recording is available here.
The WP held a very successful and topical seminar looking at Climate Change Litigation and the Right to Protest on Wednesday 6 November 2019. Expert speakers were Stephen Hockman QC (Six Pump Court), Zion Lights (Extinction Rebellion) and Anna Dews (Leigh Day).
The CCEWP took an active interest in the implications of Brexit for climate change and energy law in the aftermath of the vote to leave the European Union. In August and September 2016 they submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee's inquiries into the implications for UK climate and energy policy on leaving the EU (available below, under Consultation Responses). Our Brexit page gives links to other papers and submissions that the group has produced or contributed to.
Paris COP21 climate conference
The CCEWP held a seminar jointly with the Government Legal Service Environment Group on the Paris COP21 climate conference, on 21 March 2016. The event gave the inside line on the negotiations from those that were present, together with an analysis of key provisions of the Paris Agreement, and what it means for carbon markets and renewables.