Biography - all about Greg
Rt Hon Gregory Barker was the longest serving UK energy minister for a generation, serving as Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change from 2010 to 2014. He presided over the largest ever expansion of UK clean energy, seeing the percentage of renewable electricity on the grid rise from 6% to 18%.
Greg was educated at Lancing College, London University and London Business School. After training as a stockmarket analyst his City career spanned mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, investor relations, the energy sector and private equity.
He was elected to Parliament in 2001, serving on the Environmental Audit Select Committee 2001-2005. He was an early supporter of David Cameron. Following Mr Cameron’s leadership victory in 2005, Greg was appointed a shadow minister and helped the then new leader transform the Conservative approach to the environment and climate change issues. Greg lead for the Conservatives on the passage of the historic UK Climate Change Act in 2008.
As Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change, his achievements included the creation of the Green Investment Bank, a radical new approach to energy efficiency and a massive expansion of decentralised energy including the deployment of 5GW of Solar PV, and panels on over 750k homes and the launch of the world first, Renewable Heat Incentive. He helped deliver the comprehensive reform of the UK electricity sector, which has created the world’s largest offshore wind programme. He pioneered UK “green” trade missions abroad and in addition to his role at DECC, served as Minister for Business Engagement with India from 2012 – 2014.
Greg represented the UK at all major International Climate negotiations between 2010 & 2014 and took a lead international role mobilising private climate finance for developing countries.
After Greg stood down from Government in July 2014, he was appointed the Prime Minister’s envoy on Climate Change but relinquished this formal role ahead of leaving the House of Commons in March 2015 to re-join the private sector. He now serves on the board of, and advises several major companies both at home and abroad.
Greg was appointed chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission by Boris Johnson in January 2015 and also joined the London Infrastructure Delivery Board. He is a trustee of the Climate Group and a member of the board of De La Warr Pavilion.
In recognition of his contribution to the UK Solar Industry, Greg was appointed honorary president of the British Photovoltaic Association (BPVA) in May 2015.