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New Legislation and Guidance

Climate Change Act 2008

The UK has passed legislation which introduces the world’s first long-term legally binding framework to tackle the dangers of climate change.

The Climate Change Bill was introduced into Parliament on 14 November 2007 and became law on 26th November 2008.

The Climate Change Act creates a new approach to managing and responding to climate change in the UK, by setting ambitious, legally binding targets, taking powers to help meet those targets, strengthening the institutional framework, enhancing the UK’s ability to adapt to the impact of climate change, and establishing clear and regular accountability to the UK Parliament and to the devolved legislatures.

Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI): UK Statute Law Database – The Climate Change Act 2008.


Energy Act 2008

The Energy Act 2008[external Link] was given Royal Assent on 26 November 2008.

The Act implements the legislative aspects of the 2007 Energy White Paper: meeting the energy challenge[external Link].

The Energy Act updates the legislative framework by putting in place new legislation to:

  • Reflect the availability of new technologies (such as Carbon Capture & Storage (CCS) and emerging renewable technologies
  • Correspond with our changing requirements for security of supply infrastructure (such as offshore gas storage)
  • Ensure adequate protections for the environment and the tax payer as our energy market changes.
The Energy Act, alongside the Planning Act 2008[external Link] and Climate Change Act 2008, ensures that our legislation underpins the long term delivery of our energy and climate change strategy.