Claire Perry named new UK climate minister

A post-election cabinet re-shuffle by the British government has seen Claire Perry announced as the new Minister at the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), replacing Nick Hurd following his move to become Minister for Policing and the Fire Service.

Perry’s appointment will be largely welcomed by renewable energy campaigners after positive comments from her on the importance of the Paris agreement and the necessity of investing in clean energy.
Claire Perry UK energy minister
She previously stated that she hoped the government’s plan for meeting the fifth carbon budget would feature “an ambitious set of targets, that are balanced with keeping costs affordable for consumers”. à‚ 

In addition, she last year welcomed government proposals to set a new long term target to build a zero carbon economy.

She is also largely supportive of shale gas, having stated, “the UK has one of the best track records in the world when it comes to protecting our environment while also developing our industries, and Ministers have assured me that this experience will be brought to bear on the shale gas protections”.à‚ 

“The industry will be developed safely with world class environmental protections, creating jobs and delivering better energy security, while safeguarding some of our most precious landscapes,” she added.

The appointments follow confirmation that Greg Clark will continue as Secretary of State at BEIS and Jo Johnson will continue as Minister for Science, Universities, Research and Innovation.

Hurd had overseen progress on the government’s imminent Clean Growth Plan, the ratification of the Paris Agreement, reforms to the EU’s emissions trading scheme, and the development of the UK’s new industrial strategy, during his tenure.

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