The transformation of the UK and European energy sector has created multiple business challenges and opportunities. However it is clear that political risks for the sector have amplified following the referendum outcome. UK and EU energy and climate policy have become closely entwined over the past four decades, and the precise nature of Britain’s withdrawal will have significant implications. Alongside this, a change in UK Prime Minister and the creation of the new Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has led to shifts in domestic approach. The overall ambition – a continued focus on security of supply alongside the pursuit of decarbonisation as lowest cost – is set to continue. However, the chosen route to achieve these aims may diverge – leading to a period of policy uncertainty for the energy market.
In this context, an effective and positive communications with government is critical.
Drawing on our knowledge of the policy landscape, Whitehouse provides bespoke, issued-led communications – helping clients to understand and navigate Whitehall, Westminster, the Scottish Parliament, the Assemblies of Wales and Northern Ireland and Brussels. We have experience of engaging with political stakeholders across a range of areas, including green economy finance, renewable and low-carbon energy, electric vehicles, waste management, and energy efficiency.
We regularly meet with ministers and key parliamentarians including the Business & Energy Select Committee, the Environmental Audit Committee, and the Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group to articulate our clients’ interest and concerns. We also work closely with officials in government departments, such as HM Treasury on the fiscal regime for renewable fuels, the new Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on Contracts for Difference, and the Department for Communities and Local Government on planning regulations for solar and wind farms.
Our years of experience in the renewables sector mean our insight and strategic advice is highly sought. Whitehouse has established an exclusive partnership with Solar Media UK, becoming the dedicated Policy Insights Partner to the multinational publishing, news and events business.
Commentary and analysis from Whitehouse consultants has appeared in national press as well as trade publications including the Carbon Brief, BusinessGreen, Solar Power Portal, Inside Clean Energy, Biofuels International, Recycling & Waste World and Renewable Energy Focus.
Read our briefing document on the potential scenarios for UK withdrawal from the EU here