Department for Energy and Climate Change to appoint third sector champion


Department for Energy and Climate Change to appoint third sector champion

By Fay Schopen, Third Sector Online, 10 March 2010

Announcement coincides with first report from climate change taskforce

The Department for Energy and Climate Change will appoint a third sector champion to represent the interests of the sector in the formulation of the department’s policies.

The announcement comes as the first report from a joint ministerial and third sector taskforce, set up to mobilise action on climate change, is published this week. The group included representatives from four government departments, including the DECC, and 16 third sector organisations.

The report, published by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, sets out how the Government and the sector will work together over the next five years to tackle key environmental issues and encourage sustainable development. It calls on third sector organisations to provide leadership on climate change, create sustainable new jobs and industries, and encourage and support people to act to combat global warming.

Regulators including the Charity Commission are singled out for having a “significant ability” to lead change by integrating environmental considerations into the mainstream best practice of the voluntary sector. And the business model of social enterprises means they have a pivotal role in creating green jobs and developing skills and enterprise, the report says.

The commission has recently added advice to its two publications, Hallmarks of an Effective Charity and The Essential Trustee, which says that board members should consider the impact of their charities’ activities on the environment.

Angela Smith, Minister for the Third Sector, said: “The third sector’s unique position means it can tackle environmental challenges through their own organisations and by harnessing the support of local communities and networks, which is where real change can be achieved.”

A number of organisations, including the NCVO, the SCVO and the Green Alliance, will co-host a round-table summit on climate change and the third sector this summer.


How do you want the future to look?


Here is a prime opportunity for those of you who want to tell Defra what it should be doing on the environment and sustainable development, homes, shopping and eating, travel and business – you are invited to join the ‘Greener Society’ debateand share your views on what a greener future might look like.

Click here to visit the Greener Society site.  The Greener Society site features discussion forums which you can use to discuss the issues that interest you and also sets out some of Defra’s ideas of what the future could look like, for you to comment on as you wish.

Please don’t miss this opportunity to influence Defra’s thinking on environmental issues!

“Geographies of Energy Transition: Security, Climate, and Governance.”

Details of an upcoming seminar – looks fascinating!

“Geographies of Energy Transition: Security, Climate, and Governance.”

Seminar 2: Scales of energy security: between geopolitics and governance

ERI Conference Room (G51)
University of Birmingham
Friday, 7th May 2010

10.15 Registration and Coffee

11.00 Geographies of energy security and transition: diverse perspectives
Dr Stefan Bouzarovski (University of Birmingham) and Professor Michael Bradshaw (University ofLeicester)

11.20 Keynote: Professor Michael Klare, Amherst College

11.50 Keynote: Dr Bernice Lee, Chatham House

12.20 Discussion

1.15 Lunch

2.15 Interventions: From international to local: scales of energy security
(10 minutes each, followed by discussion)
Dr Susanne Nies, French Institue for International Relations – Brussels
Dr Paul Upham, University of Manchester
Professor Simon Marvin, University of Salford

3.45 Tea

4.00 Interventions: Materiality, resilience, agency: ‘opening up’ energy security
(10 minutes each, followed by discussion)
Dr Andrew Barry, University of Oxford
Dr Sujatha Raman, University of Nottingham
Professor Gordon Walker, University of Lancaster

Unfortunately we are unable to cover transport costs. However, there are a number of travel bursaries available to postgraduate students.

Places are strictly limited so please register your interest as soon as possible by contacting Stefan Bouzarovski at

How to find us

The seminar will take place in Room G51, European Research Institute (ERI), within the Edgbaston Campus of the University of Birmingham. Information on travel to Birmingham and a campus map can be found at: The ERI is building G3 in the ‘green zone’. Please note that the University has its own train station which is only 10 minutes away from New Street (there are 6 trains per hour). The ERI is a 10-15 minute walk from the University train station.