Consultation Hub

This site will help you find, share and participate in consultations run by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Consultations up to 14 July 2016 were run by the  Department for Business, Innovation and Skills or Department of Energy and Climate Change.

For more information on government consultations, or see a list of consultations across government, visit GOV.UK.

Open Consultations

  • Consultation on a UK Low Carbon Hydrogen Standard

    Executive Summary The Prime Minister’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution sets out that, working with industry, the UK is aiming for 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030. In support of this ambition, we are introducing supportive policies... More

    Closes 25 October 2021

  • Designing the Net Zero Hydrogen Fund - Consultation

    A consultation to inform the design of the £240m Net Zero Hydrogen Fund (NZHF) which aims to support the commercial deployment of low carbon hydrogen production during the 2020’s. More

    Closes 25 October 2021

  • Consultation on a business model for low carbon hydrogen

    We’re seeking views on our proposals for a low carbon hydrogen business model. Please provide your responses in this form to the questions set out in the Low Carbon Hydrogen Business Model Consultation. More

    Closes 25 October 2021

  • Competition in Onshore Electricity Networks

    The electricity system will need fundamental change as we move towards Net Zero. Greater use of new, flexible technologies in generation and demand will create challenges for the electricity network from a governance and technical point of view, and the network will need to grow and adapt in... More

    Closes 26 October 2021

  • Re-coupling GB electricity auctions for cross-border trade

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on the current arrangements for trading electricity on power exchanges in the GB wholesale electricity market and our proposals to support efficient cross-border trading. This consultation sets out a number of key items in respect of this... More

    Closes 28 October 2021

Closed Consultations

  • Energy retail: opt-in and testing opt-out switching

    In the December 2020 Energy White Paper, the Government announced its enduring plans to address the factors that have caused excessive charging for default tariff consumers in the domestic energy retail. We are: Creating the framework to introduce an opt-in switching... More

    Closed 15 October 2021

  • The Role of Vehicle-to-X Energy Technologies In A Net Zero Energy System

    In 2019, the UK became the first major economy to commit to a legally binding target of net zero emissions by 2050. Transport contributes 28% of UK domestic greenhouse gas emissions [1] and addressing this sector is a critical element of the plan to reaching net zero. The... More

    Closed 12 October 2021

  • Reforming Competition and Consumer Policy

    Competition and consumer policies are key to creating free, open, and competitive markets with high consumer standards that drive growth, innovation, and productivity. A robust regulatory framework which supports healthy competition is crucial to the effective functioning of the economy and... More

    Closed 1 October 2021

  • Independent review of research bureaucracy

    Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sussex, has been commissioned by the Minister for Science, Research and Innovation to lead an independent review to advise on a substantial reduction in unnecessary research bureaucracy in government and the wider sector. The... More

    Closed 1 October 2021

  • Reforming the framework for better regulation

    Our exit from the EU provides us with the opportunity to think boldly about how we regulate and for the first time in a generation, we have the freedom to conceive and implement rules that put the UK first. We will use this freedom to unlock cutting-edge technologies, unleash innovation, and... More

    Closed 1 October 2021

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We invited views on removing the requirement for offshore oil and gas operators to make relevant documents available for public inspection at a specified address, where the effects of coronavirus related restrictions on movement meant that it is was not reasonably practicable for the public to access documents in this way. We proposed that the offshore oil and gas operators instead made the documents available on a publicly accessible website.

You said

We received 3 responses from interested parties. You queried that while websites which will host the documents may not be in the purview of the regulations, but will be delivering what amounts to a public service, if these websites would meet web accessibility standards required of public service websites.

We did

In addition to the offshore oil and gas operators making the documents available on their websites BEIS would consider making the documents available on our website which does meet web accessibility standards required of public service websites.

We asked

We sought views on the draft Co-ordination of Regulatory Enforcement Regulations 2017 which include measures to ensure that Primary Authority can operate from 1 October 2017 when the scheme is extended and simplified by provisions in the Enterprise Act 2016.  We also asked for views on replacing the ‘categories’ system for defining the scope of partnerships.

You said

We received 64 formal responses and also obtained feedback from around 240 stakeholders who attended engagement events held during the consultation period.  

Stakeholders were broadly supportive of the measures in the draft regulations. There was a wider range of views on the proposed new approach for determining the scope of partnerships.

We did

As a result of the consultation responses and wider stakeholder feedback we have amended the draft regulations. 

We have also produced draft revised Primary Authority Statutory Guidance. This reflects and clarifies the changes to Primary Authority introduced by the Enterprise Act 2016 and the new secondary legislation. It also describes how the new approach to defining partnerships will work in practice. 

The full Government response is published at https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/unlocking-the-potential-of-primary-authority

We asked

We invited views on how to improve the UK’s corporate governance framework.

You said

We received 375 responses from interested parties. A summary of the responses is included in the consultation response document.

We did

In the coming months we will introduce new laws to require:

  • around 900 listed companies to annually publish and justify the pay ratio between CEOs and their average UK worker
  • all companies of a significant size to publicly explain how their directors take employees’ and shareholders’ interests into account
  • all large companies to make their responsible business arrangements public