Former Energy Minister Greg Barker appointed to House of Lords

by Search Gate staff. Published Thu 27 Aug 2015 13:36, Last updated: 2015-08-27
Barker to join the House of Lords
Barker to join the House of Lords

Former Energy Minister Greg Barker has been appointed as a Peer to the House of Lords after quitting as an MP at the last General Election.

Speaking on his appointment, Greg, a member of the board of The Climate Group, said: "I’m very honoured to be elevated to the House of Lords.

“I am looking forward to playing a part in the life of the Upper Chamber. I will be keen to support the work of The Climate Group and its progressive voice for low carbon business in the future."

Mark Kenber, The Climate Group CEO, said: “Today’s announcement is recognition of the hugely significant contribution of Greg to public life, including his time as Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and the Prime Minister’s envoy on climate change. He is a passionate advocate of the business and financial case of decarbonising the economy. He will be a powerful voice in the House of Lords for a strong, low carbon economy."

The former Minister led the transformation of the Conservative approach to the climate and ‘green’ issues, and accompanied David Cameron on his famous trip to the Arctic in 2006. Ha was the longest serving UK energy minister in a generation, and during his time in office he oversaw the creation of the Green Investment Bank, and a massive expansion of decentralised energy including the deployment of 4GW of Solar PV and the launch of the world first Renewable Heat Incentive.

Greg has represented the UK at all major International Climate negotiations since 2010 and has taken a lead role mobilising climate finance for developing countries. Greg stood down from Government in July 2014, but then acted as The Prime Minister’s personal Climate Change Envoy up to the General Election, when he then retired from the House of Commons.

Former Lib Dem Energy Secretary Ed Davey was not nominated by his party for a Peerage.

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