Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change in the last government and a member of the board of the Climate Group, has been appointed to the House of Lords.
Mark Kenber, Chief Executive of the Climate Group – the non-profit low carbon group – said: “This 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 trip to the Arctic in 2006.
Barker 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 Renewable Heat Incentive.