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  • 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 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
  • Hydrogen for heat: Facilitating a ‘grid conversion’ hydrogen heating trial

    The government’s Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution sets out the ambition to support industry to deliver a hydrogen neighbourhood trial, and a village trial by 2025. This consultation seeks views on proposals to legislate in order to allow Gas Distribution... More
    Closed 28 September 2021
  • Strengthening the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS)

    This consultation is seeking views on proposed measures to strengthen the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) to improve the uptake of energy efficiency measures, and increase the benefits for participating businesses. This consultation follows on from the 2020... More
    Closed 28 September 2021
  • Design and Delivery of the Energy Code Reform

    Many of the detailed rules that facilitate the gas and electricity systems are set out in codes. Although these codes have done a remarkable job guiding the industry post-privatisation, many of them were designed to deal with a more predictable energy system and have seen only incremental... More
    Closed 28 September 2021
  • Future System Operator

    We're seeking views on our proposal for all the current National Grid Electricity System Operator ( ESO ) roles and functions to be carried out by the FSO , and that the FSO should undertake strategic network planning, long-term forecasting, and market strategy functions in gas. We also... More
    Closed 28 September 2021
  • Facilitating the deployment of large-scale, long-duration electricity storage: a call for evidence

    Large-scale and long-duration electricity storage could provide a n important role in decarbonising our energy system , f or example by storing renewable power and discharging it over periods of low wind. However, there is evidence that it faces market challenges that mean it may... More
    Closed 28 September 2021
  • CCUS: Decommissioning Regime for Transport & Storage

    The government expects Carbon Capture, Usage and Storage (CCUS) to play an essential role in meeting our net zero target. The deployment of CCUS will also be central to supporting the low carbon transformation of the UK’s industrial base. To deliver this, the government’s Ten Point Plan for a... More
    Closed 26 September 2021
  • CCUS: Economic Regulator for CO2 Transport & Storage

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views on proposed duties, powers, functions and objectives of an economic regulator for carbon dioxide (CO ₂ ) transport and storage networks, to inform the continued development of carbon capture, usage and storage policy and legislative proposals.... More
    Closed 26 September 2021
  • Carbon capture, usage and storage: amendments to Contracts for Difference regulations

    In November 2020, the government published the Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution, with commitments focused on driving innovation, boosting export opportunities, and generating green jobs and growth across the country to level up regions of the UK. Included in the Ten Point Plan... More
    Closed 8 September 2021
  • UK Emissions Trading Scheme: proposed amendments

    We are consulting on proposed amendments to the Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Order 2020. These additional provisions will support effective operation of the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) by addressing a number of residual technical issues identified during the development and... More
    Closed 7 September 2021
  • Energy Company Obligation ECO4: 2022 -2026

    This consultation sets out our proposed changes to the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme for the next scheme (ECO4), due to begin in April 2022. Read the consultation document on GOV.UK . More
    Closed 3 September 2021
  • Warm Home Discount: better targeted support from 2022

    The Warm Home Discount has been a key policy in the Government’s approach to tackling fuel poverty since its inception in 2011. Since it began, the Warm Home Discount has provided over £3 billion in rebates on energy bills to low-income and vulnerable households. The Government... More
    Closed 22 August 2021
  • UK Internal Market - Office for the Internal Market: Penalties

    The UK Government is seeking views on the maximum penalties the Office for the Internal Market (OIM) can impose for non-compliance with a request for information, under the UK Internal Market Act 2020. Please read the consultation document found on GOV.UK before responding to the... More
    Closed 11 August 2021
  • Review of the schemes to compensate energy intensive industries for indirect emission costs in electricity prices

    This consultation seeks views and evidence on the risk of carbon leakage due to the indirect emission cost from the UK Emissions Trading Scheme (UK ETS) and the Carbon Price Support Mechanism (CPS) as well as feedback on sector eligibility and scheme design. Read the consultation document... More
    Closed 9 August 2021
  • Civil Nuclear Constabulary: Service Expansion and Diversification

    This consultation seeks views on proposed legislation to amend the remit and powers of the Civil Nuclear Constabulary, the specialist armed police force charged with protecting civil nuclear sites and nuclear materials in England, Scotland and Wales. This will ensure that, should a need arise... More
    Closed 5 August 2021
  • Smart Data Working Group: Spring 2021 report - invitation for further feedback

    Smart Data is the secure sharing of customer data with authorised third-party providers (TPPs) upon the customer’s request. These providers then use this data to provide innovative services for the consumer or business user, such as automatic switching or better account management. ... More
    Closed 30 July 2021
  • Call for Evidence on The Future of Connected and Automated Mobility in the UK

    Ministerial foreword by Lord Grimstone of Boscobel Technology will drive radical changes within the transport sector over the next 10 years and beyond. We have the opportunity to shape these changes to have a profound positive impact for the environment, transport users and... More
    Closed 23 July 2021
  • Audit and corporate governance review

    Reliable corporate reporting is vital to well-functioning financial markets, business investment and growth. It enables all interested stakeholders to make an informed assessment of a company’s performance and governance. It helps safeguard investors, creditors, employees, customers,... More
    Closed 8 July 2021
  • UK Product Safety Review: call for evidence

    We have extended the closing date from 3 June to 17 June 2021 to allow more time to respond in the light of COVID-19 and the run-up to the local elections. The government is committed to ensuring that only safe products can be legally placed on the market now and in the future. But the... More
    Closed 17 June 2021
  • The Role of Biomass in Achieving Net Zero - Call for Evidence

    We are seeking evidence from a range of stakeholders on how sustainable biomass should be sourced and used to best support the UK's Net Zero target. The information gathered will be used to support the development of the upcoming Biomass Strategy. More
    Closed 15 June 2021
  • Non-domestic Private Rented Sector minimum energy efficiency standards EPC B: future trajectory implementation

    We are seeking views on Government’s proposed framework to improve implementation and enforcement of the EPC B target by 2030 for privately rented non-domestic buildings. More
    Closed 9 June 2021
  • Introducing a Performance-Based Policy Framework in large Commercial and Industrial Buildings

    We're seeking views on the government’s proposals to introduce a national performance-based policy framework for rating the energy and carbon performance of large commercial and industrial buildings. More
    Closed 9 June 2021
  • Standard Assessment Procedure 10.2 – updates for heat networks

    Proposals to natural-gas CHP, the Products Characteristics Database, Biomass and recovered heat factors The Government is committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Meeting this legal commitment will require virtually all heat in buildings to be... More
    Closed 10 May 2021
  • Call for Evidence: Post-implementation review of the Competition Appeal Tribunal Rules 2015

    The CAT is a specialist appeal body with expertise in competition and regulatory decisions. It hears appeals against competition decisions (under the Competition Act 1998 (the CA98)), applications for review of merger and market decisions (under the Enterprise Act 2002 (the EA02)) and of... More
    Closed 10 May 2021
  • The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive – ensuring a stable scheme

    The DRHI was scheduled to close to new applicants on 31 st March 2021. However, in March 2020 the government announced an extension to the DRHI for 12 months, until 31 st March 2022, with final RHI payments being made in 2029. This consultation sets out proposals for the closure of the... More
    Closed 7 May 2021
  • UK Internal Market: the continuity of exclusions from the principles of mutual recognition and non-discrimination for services

    We have extended the consultation period until 7 May 2021. The purpose of the UK Internal Market Act 2020 is to allow people and businesses to work and trade freely across the whole of the UK after leaving the European Union (EU). It establishes 2 UK market access... More
    Closed 7 May 2021
  • Consultation on mandatory climate-related financial disclosures by publicly quoted companies, large private companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs)

    A consultation seeking views on proposals to require mandatory TCFD aligned climate-related financial disclosures from publicly quoted companies, large private companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (LLPs). . More
    Closed 5 May 2021
  • Subsidy control consultation - Designing a new approach for the UK

    Following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, the UK has the freedom to design a new domestic subsidy control regime that reflects our strategic interests and particular national circumstances. The Government aims to deliver a regime that: Facilitates strategic... More
    Closed 31 March 2021
  • SBC User Survey

    We, at the Office of the Small Business Commissioner, would really like to find out how you feel about the functionality, presentation and accessibility of our website ( ). The results from this short survey will help us make any necessary... More
    Closed 19 March 2021
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