Ian Duncan appointed as minister for climate change

A former MEP and one-time BP employee has been appointed as a junior minister for climate change at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Ian Duncan, who was granted a life peerage in June 2017 after unsuccessfully running as a parliamentary candidate in the last general election, took a keen interest in climate change during his time as an MEP. 

His new role will encompass policy areas including clean heat, smart meters, climate science and the International Climate Fund, alongside administering EU structural funds in the UK. 

As a member of the European Parliament’s powerful Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, Duncan led the committee’s work on reforming the EU emissions trading system after 2020. In debates, he urged lawmakers not to undermine the EU’s commitment to the Paris Agreement, saying “making Paris a reality” should be their primary aim. 

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