A list of acronyms and abbreviations frequently used at DECC:

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z


What it stands for 




Air Conditioning Reports
AOD Aerosol Optical Depth
AONB Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
AoS Appraisal of Sustainability
AOSIS  Alliance of Small Island States
AoSP  Area of Special Protection
AQMA Air Quality Management Area
ASED Aspirational Scheme End Date 
ASNW Area of Semi-Natural Woodland
ASSI   Area of Special Scientific Interest
ATF  Aviation Turbine Fuel 


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BAP  Biodiversity Action Plan 
BERR Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform 
BIS Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 


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CAT Carbon Abatement Technologies 
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity 
CBRN Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear 
CCA Climate Change Agreements 
CCC Committee on Climate Change 
CCGT Combined Cycle Gas Turbine 
CCL Climate Change Levy 
CCS Carbon Capture and Storage (also known as Carbon Capture and Sequestration) 
CCW Countryside Council for Wales 
CDM Clean Development Mechanism 
CER Certified Emission Reduction 
CERT Carbon Emissions Reduction Target 
CESP Community Energy Savings Plan/Programme 
CFCs Chlorofluorocarbons 
CH4 Methane 
CHP Combined Heat and Power (sometimes known as Cogeneration) 
CLG Department for Communities and Local Government 
CNPA Civil Nuclear Police Authority 
CO2 Carbon dioxide 
COMAH Control of Major Accident Hazard
COPD Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 
CoRWM Committee on Radioactive Waste Management 
CRCEES Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Scheme 
cSAC Ccandidate Special Area of Conservation 
CSR Comprehensive Spending Review 
CT Carbon Trust 


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DAs Devolved Administrations 
DECC Department of Energy and Climate Change 
DECs Display Energy Certificates 
Defra Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 
DERV Diesel-engined Road Vehicle 
DfID Department for International Development 
DfT Department for Transport 
DNA Designated National Authority 
DoENI Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland 
dSAC Draft Special Area of Conservation 
DSL DECC School Lite 
DSO Departmental Strategic Objective 
DUKES Digest of United Kingdom Energy Statistics 


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EA Environment Agency
EC European Council 
ECAs Enhanced Capital Allowances 
ECO Energy Companies Obligation  
EEA European Economic Area  
EHS Environment and Heritage Service 
EIA Environmental Impact Assessment  
EIR Environmental Information Regulations 
EMEP European Monitoring and Evaluation Programme  
EMR Electricity Market Reform 
ENSO El Niño Southern Oscillation 
EPCs Energy Performance Certificates 
ERU Emission Reduction Unit  
ES Environmental Statement 
ESDP European Spatial Development Perspective 
EST Energy Savings Trust 
ETF Environmental Transformation Fund (UK) 
ETS Emission Trading Scheme 
EU European Union 
EU ETS European Union Emissions Trading Scheme 
EU FP7 European Union Seventh Framework Programme 


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f.t.e Full-time equivalent 
FCO Foreign and Commonwealth Office 
FDP Funded Decommissioning Programme 
FITs Feed-in Tariffs 
FOI Freedom of Information 


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G8 Eight leading industrialised nations: Germany, Canada, US, France, Italy, Japan, UK, Russia 
GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade 
GCOF Government Carbon Offsetting Facility 
GCOS Global Climate Observing System 
GDA Generic Design Assessment  
GDF Geological Disposal Facility
GHGs Greenhouse gases
GIB Green Investment Bank
GIS Geographical Information Systems
GLOBE Global Legislators Organisation
GOOS Global Ocean Observing System
GTOS Global Terrestrial Observing System
GTRP Global Threat Reduction Programme
GVA Gross value added 
GWP Global Warming Potential 


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ha Hectare
HAWT Horizontal Axis Wind Turbine 
HCA Homes and Communities Agency 
HECA Home Energy Conservation Act 
HHSRS Housing Health and Safety Rating System  
HLW High-level waste 
HMT Her Majesty’s Treasury 
HRA Habitats Regulations Assessment 
HSE Health and Safety Executive 
IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency  


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ICAO International Civil Aviation Organization 
ICCP International Climate Change Partnership
ICLEI International Council of Local Environmental Initiatives 
IEA International Energy Agency 
IGO Intergovernmental organisation 
ILW I Intermediate-level waste 
IMD Index of Multiple Deprivation 
IMO International Maritime Organization 
IPC Infrastructure Planning Commission
IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 
IQM Integrated Quality Management 
IRENA International Renewable Energy Agency 
ISO International Standards Organization  
IUCN World Conservation Union 


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JNCC Joint Nature Conservation Committee 


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LANR Local Authority Nature Reserve 
LAs Local authorities 
LCA Landscape Character Assessment 
LCBP Low Carbon Buildings Programme 
LCIF Low Carbon Investment Fund 
LCPD Large Combustion Plants Directive 
LCTP Low Carbon Technology Partnership 
LDCs Least-developed countries 
LDR Long-distance route 
LGD Local government district 
LLW Low-level waste 
LNG Liquefied natural gas 
LNR Local nature reserve
LULUCF Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry 
LWR Light Water Reactor 
LWS Local wildlife sites 


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MBR Management Board Roadshow
MCA Marine conservation area 
MNR Marine nature reserve 
MRWS Managing radioactive waste safely 
MSF Manufactured solid fuels
mSv Millisievert 
N.N Not named 


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NAEI National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory 
NAPA National adaptation programmes of action 
NDA Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
NEA Nuclear Energy Agency 
NGLs Natural gas liquids 
NGO Non-governmental organisations 
NIA Nuclear Industry Association 
NII Nuclear Installations Inspectorate (now Office for Nuclear Regulation)
NLFAB Nuclear Liabilities Financing Assurance Board 
NNFCC National Non-Food Crops Centre 
NNR National nature reserve 
NPPG National Planning Policy Guidance 
NPS National Policy Statement 
NSA National scenic area
NSIP Nationally significant infrastructure project 
NZEC Near Zero Emissions Coal (bilateral project between UK and China) 


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OCC Office of Climate Change 
OCNS Office for Civil Nuclear Security 
OECD Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development  
Ofgem Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets
OND Office for Nuclear Development
ONR Office for Nuclear Regulation
OPEC Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries 
ORED Office for Renewable Energy Deployment 
OS Ordnance survey  
OSPRAG Oil Spill Prevention and Response Advisory Group  
OTEC Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion  


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PFC Perfluorocarbon 
PPG Planning Policy Guidance
PPM Parts per million 
PPS Planning Policy Statement 
PRO Pressure-retarded osmosis 
PSA Public Service Agreement 
pSAC Potential Special Area of Conservation 
pSPA Possible Special Protection Area
PWR Pressurised water reactor 


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R&D Research and development 
RDA Regional Development Agency 
RDS Regional Development Strategy 
RED Reverse Electro Dialysis 
RED Renewable Energy Directive 
REDD Reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation 
REEEP Renewable Energy and Energy Efficient Partnership 
REGO Renewable Energy Guarantees of Origin 


Renewable Heat Incentive 
RIGS Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Site 
RIMNET Radiation Information Monitoring Network 
RO Renewables Obligation 
RTS Regional Transport Strategy 


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SAC Special Area of Conservation 
SCI Site of Community Importance 
SEA Strategic Environmental Assessment 
SEPA Scottish Environment Protection Agency 
SF6 Sulphur hexafluoride 
SI Statutory instrument 
SIDS Small Island Developing States 
SME Small- and medium-sized enterprises  
SNH Scottish Natural Heritage
SPA Special Protection Area 
SPP Scottish Planning Policy 
SSA Strategic Siting Assessment 
SSSI Site of Special Scientific Interest 


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TAN Technical advice note 
TBq Terabecquerel 
TCPA Town and Country Planning Act 
THC Thermohaline circulation 
 TSB Technology Strategy Board 


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UKCS United Kingdom continental shelf 
UN United Nations 
UNCCD United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification 
UNCED United Nations Conference on Environment and Development 
UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development 
UNDP United Nations Development Programme 
UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe 
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme 
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation 
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 
United Nations Industrial Development Organization


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VAWT Vertical Axis Wind Turbine
VRS Voluntary Redundancy Scheme 


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WCC World Climate Conference 
WEOG Western European and Others Group (United Nations regional group)
WHD Warm Homes Discount
WHO World Health Organization 
WMO World Meteorological Organization 
WSP Wales Spatial Plan 
WSSD World Summit on Sustainable Development 
WTO World Trade Organization 

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