Ministerial role

Minister of State for Climate Change

Responsibilities

The Minister of State for Climate Change supports the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change on issues and policies related to climate change. These include:

  • Green Deal
  • energy efficiency and energy demand reduction
  • promoting the interests of energy consumers
  • managing fuel poverty
  • national and international climate change
  • carbon budgets
  • Renewable Heat Incentive
  • feed-in tariffs
  • planning reform and consents
  • Green Investment Bank
  • green jobs and skills
  • climate science

Current role holder: The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP

Gregory Barker is a Minister of State at the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) and the Conservative MP for Bexhill and Battle.

Education

Gregory was educated at Steyning Grammar School, Lancing College, and London University where he studied history, economic history and politics.

Political career

Gregory was elected Conservative MP in Sussex in June 2001 and served on the House of Commons Environmental Audit select committee between 2001 and 2005. He was appointed to the opposition front bench as a Conservative Whip in 2003.

Gregory served as Shadow Minister for the Environment from 2005 to 2008, where he led the led the passage of the Climate Change Bill for the Opposition through the House of Commons, and as Shadow Minister for Climate Change between 2008 and 2010. He was appointed Minister of State for DECC in May 2010.

Career outside politics

Gregory worked in the City of London for 10 years before becoming an associate partner at Brunswick Group Ltd. He served as Head of International Investor Relations for Sibneft, a major Russian oil company, between 1998 and 2000, and then returned to the UK in May 2000 to become the director of recruitment advertising business Bartlett Scott Edgar.

Policies

under the responsibility of The Rt Hon Gregory Barker MP as Minister of State for Climate Change

  1. Helping households to cut their energy bills

    • 6 March 2014
  2. Supporting international action on climate change

    • 8 November 2013
  3. Increasing the use of low-carbon technologies

    • 24 October 2013
  4. Reducing demand for energy from industry, businesses and the public sector

    • 20 September 2013
  5. Reducing the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by 2050

    • 13 June 2013

Announcements

by Minister of State for Climate Change

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  1. New scheme offers cash incentive to households using renewable heating systems in their homes

    • 9 April 2014
    • News story
  2. The UK’s rooftops to become power stations

    • 4 April 2014
    • Press release
  3. Support for Local Authorities to keep homes warm and lower energy bills

    • 2 April 2014
    • News story
  4. The role of energy innovation in helping the UK to meet its low carbon and energy security goals

    • 31 March 2014
    • Speech
  5. Energy from Waste conference

    • 3 March 2014
    • Speech
  6. Cleantech Innovate conference

    • 13 February 2014
    • Speech
  7. £8 million boost for energy storage innovation

    • 13 February 2014
    • Press release
  8. Renewable Heat Training voucher scheme extended due to high demand

    • 11 February 2014
    • Press release
  9. UK and West Bengal in partnership

    • 7 February 2014
    • Speech
  10. Power to the people – government boost to community energy

    • 27 January 2014
    • Press release

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