Consultation Hub

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

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

Open Consultations

  • Community benefits for electricity transmission network infrastructure

    Stakeholders have requested more time to respond to this consultation, so we have extended the deadline from 25 May to 15 June. We’re consulting on a recommended approach to community benefits for electricity transmission network infrastructure. The consultation is proposing to create...

    Closes 15 June 2023

  • Consultation: Addressing carbon leakage risk to support decarbonisation

    The UK government is consulting on a range of potential policy measures to mitigate future carbon leakage risk. This consultation opens at 9am on 30 March 2023. It closes at 11:59pm on 22 June 2023. Consultation Description On 30 March, the...

    Closes 22 June 2023

  • Planning for new energy infrastructure: revised draft National Policy Statements

    The consultation for the energy National Policy Statements has been extended and will NOW close at 23:45 on Friday 23 June 2023. Please note that question 7 in the consultation document was inadvertently not included in the online survey. If you have already responded to this...

    Closes 23 June 2023

  • Market Engagement on the Second Hydrogen Allocation Round (HAR2)

    This market engagement document is seeking views on the proposed design of the second Hydrogen Allocation Round (HAR2) that will allocate funding to low carbon hydrogen projects. HAR2 aims to award contracts to up to 750MW of capacity in early 2025, subject to affordability and value...

    Closes 30 June 2023

  • Local Partnerships for Onshore Wind in England

    In the British Energy Security Strategy, the Government committed to develop local partnerships for onshore wind in England, enabling supportive communities who wish to host new onshore wind infrastructure to directly benefit from doing so. This consultation is seeking views on making...

    Closes 7 July 2023

Closed Consultations

  • Clean heat market mechanism

    This mechanism will create a market incentive to grow the numbers of heat pumps installed in existing premises each year, providing industry with a clear, long-term policy framework for investment and innovation. In this consultation, we are seeking views on a range of design features of the...

    Closed 8 June 2023

  • Green Gas Support Scheme 2023 annual tariff review: call for evidence

    We have extended the closing date from 31 May to 5 June 2023. This Call for Evidence seeks input from industry, investors, trade associations and other stakeholders to inform the 2023 Annual Tariff Review. Your responses will provide evidence for the tariff-setting process and...

    Closed 5 June 2023

  • Managing radioactive substances and nuclear decommissioning

    This consultation is seeking views on proposals to update and consolidate the policies of the UK Government and devolved administrations on managing radioactive substances and nuclear decommissioning into a single UK-wide policy framework. The proposals aim to create clearer more consistent...

    Closed 24 May 2023

  • Rheoli sylweddau ymbelydrol a datgomisiynu niwclear

    Mae Llywodraeth y DU a’r gweinyddiaethau datganoledig yn cynnig fframwaith polisi ar gyfer y DU gyfan sy’n dwyn ynghyd, mewn un pwynt cyfeirio, bolisïau ar reoli sylweddau ymbelydrol a datgomisiynu niwclear. Rydym hefyd yn cynnig diwygio, diweddaru ac egluro rhai o'r polisïau hyn gyda'r nod o...

    Closed 24 May 2023

  • Offshore hydrogen regulation consultation

    This consultation proposes and seeks views on plans for secondary legislation to extend offshore oil and gas pipeline construction & use consenting responsibility of the NSTA to also apply to hydrogen pipelines. This consultation also proposes to extend certain decommissioning regulations to apply...

    Closed 22 May 2023

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 how to improve the UK’s product safety framework. The government is committed to ensuring that only safe products can be placed on the market now and in the future. Effective product safety regulation is essential for public protection, ensuring fair competition, consumer confidence and supporting innovative and safe products to reach the market. Government also has the opportunity to regulate product safety in a way that supports our Net Zero ambitions. 

You said

We received 158 responses from interested parties. A summary of the responses is included in the government response document.

Based on what we heard from respondents, while the current framework has strengths, it is facing significant and growing challenges and needs ambitious significant reform to be more adaptable and capable of responding to accelerating change. Government recognises the need for a long-term approach and for there to be regulatory change, to fully address the challenges raised by respondents.

We did

In the coming months we intend to consult on an ambitious and multi-faceted reform programme, with priorities including helping businesses to understand their legal obligations by ensuring our future framework is as simple, consistent, and risk proportionate as possible. We will also consider how product safety processes and testing requirements could become more risk based, addressing the impact of the changes brought by e-Commerce to the product safety framework, including gaps in enforcement powers that have emerged with the rise of new technology and business models.

Ensuring that the future framework takes full advantage of the UK having left the EU, is adaptable and responsive to the challenges of the future will require legislative change. We value the expertise and insights that stakeholders have offered as part of this exercise to inform our review, and we will continue to work with them as we develop our evidence base, with a view to putting forward proposals for consultation in due course.

In addition to looking at longer term reform, the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) is taking immediate actions, in particular to address safety risks from products being sold online. This includes issuing a warning to UK consumers, highlighting the product safety risks when shopping online and leading a programme of work focusing on the safety and compliance of goods sold by third-party sellers on online marketplaces.

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