The UK government has abolished the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and merged it into the new department, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The government has appointed Greg Clark as Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, which was formed by new Prime Minister Theresa May.

Greg Clark was a former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.

Clark said: “I am thrilled to have been appointed to lead this new department charged with delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy, leading government’s relationship with business, furthering our world-class science base, delivering affordable, clean energy and tackling climate change.”

The closure of the DECC will result in the transfer of UK energy policy to the new ministry, renews reported

The new department will be responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive industrial strategy and leading the government’s relationship with business as well as furthering the country position at the leading edge of science, research and innovation.

In addition to ensuring secure energy supplies that are reliable, affordable and clean, the department will deal with climate change.

RenewableUK CEO Hugh McNeal said: “The renewable energy industry has faced some tough challenges over the past year, but now we have clarity on the make-up of the new administration we can move forward

“The UK will invest over £20bn in wind energy in the next five years. Energy is the big ticket item in British infrastructure spending. Industry is ready to invest and it is vital for our economy that this work continues.”