Baroness Neville-Rolfe and Nick Hurd have been handed the energy and climate change portfolios respectively in the newly created UK government department for business, energy and industrial strategy (BEIS).

Baroness Neville-Rolfe is understood to have been given the energy minister role at BEIS and was promoted on Sunday from her previous role as parliamentary under-secretary for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS.
Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Hurd, a former head of the Energy Africa initiative has previous ministerial experience, having been minister in the Department for International Development.

A member of the Conservative Environment Network, he will likely represent the UK at international climate talks alongside the country’s new energy chief Greg Clark.

In his previous role the 54-year-old led the UK Energy Africa initiative aimed at delivering clean energy across Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Ghana, Rwanda and Malawi.

Speaking to Climate Home in May before the Brexit vote, Hurd stressed the government was fully committed to the climate change agenda. “Its biggest test was Paris and the UK played a very positive role,” he said.

More recently, Hurd co-authored a paper for the Conservative Environment Network calling for coal generation to be replaced by gas.

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