Consultation Hub

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

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

Open Consultations

  • Default tariffs: A call for evidence

    This call for evidence seeks views on the how Default Tariffs can support households in the future. It seeks views on design principles for future default tariffs, the types of default tariffs, and alternative future protections. Read the consultation document on GOV.UK .

    Closes 22 April 2024

  • Green Industries Growth Accelerator: Hydrogen and CCUS supply chains call for evidence

    The Green Industries Growth Accelerator (GIGA) is a £960 million fund to support the expansion of strong and sustainable clean energy supply chains across the UK, including: carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS) and hydrogen; offshore wind and electricity networks; and civil nuclear. This...

    Closes 23 April 2024

  • Call for Evidence: Future Policy Framework for Biomethane Production

    Please refer to Annex B in the Call for Evidence for guidance on how to respond to questions Respondents are not required to answer all questions. For questions you do not wish to respond to, please state “No response”. Read the Call for Evidence document on GOV.UK .

    Closes 25 April 2024

  • Energy code reform: code manager licensing and secondary legislation

    Following the Energy Act 2023 receiving Royal Assent in October 2023, we are developing the secondary legislation and regulatory framework for code managers, which will allow Ofgem to implement a reformed industry code framework and drive strategic changes across the codes in the interest of...

    Closes 5 May 2024

  • Capacity Market: Rule Amendments to support Auction Liquidity

    This consultation seeks views on proposals designed to tackle potential risks which have been identified since the commencement of Capacity Market emissions verifications. This is to ensure auction liquidity is not needlessly adversely affected by the verification process. The...

    Closes 5 May 2024

Closed Consultations

  • Alternative Routes to Market for New Nuclear Projects

    This consultation seeks to examine what steps government can take to enable different routes to market for new advanced nuclear technologies. Government sees great national opportunities in the nuclear sector, and we are seeking responses to support us in developing the policies that will allow...

    Closed 12 April 2024

  • Amendments to Electricity Supplier Obligation Regulations to implement the Power CCUS Dispatchable Power Agreement business model

    We're seeking views on the proposed amendments to The Contracts for Difference (Electricity Supplier Obligations) Regulations 2014. The amendments will enable the electricity supplier obligation levy to be charged for payments under the Dispatchable Power Agreement (DPA), that will...

    Closed 10 April 2024

  • Home Energy Model

    The Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) is the methodology currently used by the government to estimate the energy performance of homes across the United Kingdom. It is of critical importance to the delivery of our housing and climate change objectives. The Home Energy Model will...

    Closed 27 March 2024

  • Home Energy Model: Future Homes Standard assessment

    The Home Energy Model: Future Homes Standard assessment is the methodology which will be used to demonstrate that new dwellings comply with the Future Homes Standard. It will replace the Standard Assessment Procedure (SAP) version 10.2 for the energy rating of dwellings. The Home Energy...

    Closed 27 March 2024

  • Non road mobile machinery decarbonisation options: call for evidence

    Non-road mobile machinery (NRMM) broadly refers to any mobile machine, transportable equipment or vehicle not intended for the transport of goods or passengers on the road, and which has a combustion engine. Examples include construction machinery and agricultural machinery. We’re seeking...

    Closed 26 March 2024

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 https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/unlocking-the-potential-of-primary-authority