Bryan Bateman

Bryan Bateman

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Credentials

  • Bryan Bateman has a background as an engineer working on nuclear power stations. [1]

Background

Bryan Bateman is an environmental consultant, working most notably with the Confederation of Paper Industries, having formerly served as its Director of Business and the Environment, when it was known as the Paper Federation of Great Britain. [2], [1], [3], [4]

A former nuclear power engineer, Bateman is also a funder of the UK climate science denial group the Global Warming Policy Foundation (GWPF). Bateman told DeSmog that it was made as a private individual and as chief executive of The Bryman Partnership Limited, an environmental consultancy he runs. [1], [2]

Bryan Bateman has represented the Confederation of Paper Industries at meetings of the Emissions Trading Group, of which it is a member. The body was established in 1999 to represent business interests in the policy debate around greenhouse gas emissions trading. The group wrote to the UK’s Secretary of State for the Environment in 2003, criticising the European Emissions Trading Scheme for potentially creating “a risk that industrial activity in the UK would be substantially disadvantaged versus competitors in other Member States.” [5], [6], [7], [8], [9]

While a director of the Paper Federation, Bateman led lobbying efforts in 2001 to win an 80% discount on the UK government’s climate change levy for the paper industry, conditional on achieving energy efficiency targets. [10], [11]

Stance on Climate Change

April 2015

In an interview with DeSmog, following the revelation that Bateman was a funder of the GWPF, he said: [1]

 “What I do with my money I think is my business actually. The Global Warming Policy Foundation actually brought a fresh and incisive light on this very difficult subject and I personally felt it needed encouraging in every respect.” [1]

During the interview, Bateman said that his views on climate change were influenced in part by climate sceptic Bjorn Lomborg, the discredited author Ian Plimer, and the tobacco and oil-funded Heartland Institute in Chicago. [1]

Key Quotes

1999

In a parliamentary debate on climate change, Bryan Bateman was quoted by the MP, Tom Brake, as saying: [12]

“The UK paper industry is very energy intensive. CHP [combined heat and power] is crucial to the process in maintaining cost effectiveness as well as the achievement of our climate change targets. It should, in our view, be exempted from the climate change levy.” [12]

Key Deeds

April 2017

Bateman was revealed in a DeSmog investigation to be a funder of the UK climate science denying think tank, the Global Warming Policy Foundation. [1]

2007

Bateman is listed as a “participant” to a 2007 conference entitled “Carbon Pricing for a Sustainable Economy,” organized by the Pembina Institute, a Canadian non-profit which works to “reduce the harmful impacts of fossil fuels while supporting the transition to an energy system that is clean, safe and sustains a high quality of life,” according to its website. [13]

February 2001

While a director of the Paper Federation, Bateman led lobbying efforts in 2001 to win an 80% discount on the UK government’s climate change levy for the paper industry, conditional on achieving energy efficiency targets. [10], [11]

Affiliations

Social Media

Bryan Bateman does not appear to be active on social media.

Publications

Bryan Bateman does not appear to have published any articles in any major news outlets.

Resources

  1. Brendan Montague. “Exposed: Two Funders of Lord Lawson’s Climate Denial Charity Linked to Energy Industry,” DeSmog, April 13, 2015.

  2. THE BRYMAN PARTNERSHIP LIMITED: People,” Companies House. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/IuQjD

  3. Home,” Confederation of Paper Industries. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/BLTUo

  4. Paul Rodgers. “Shortage leads to UK paper chase,” Independent, February 5, 1995. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/MkEg6

  5. 17th meeting of the ETG EU WG”, ETG, April 15, 2016. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/YQVXh

  6. Note of the 53rd meeting of WG 5/6,” ETG, November 15, 2007. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/j9m28

  7. Note of the meeting of WG8 – Post-2012/Phase III,” ETG, August 16, 2006. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/ekBQX

  8. List of Members,” ETG. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/lkvRs

  9. No major job losses from emissions trading scheme, new report says,” WWF, June 6, 2006. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/7Uov4

  10. Examination of witnesses (Questions 398 – 419),” UK Parliament, February 10, 1998. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/PgX7d

  11. Climate levy discounts are won by Paper Federation,” letsrecycle.com, February 28, 2001. Archived December 12, 2018. Archive.fo URL: http://archive.fo/F1uOB

  12. Climate change debate in the House of Commons, October 27, 1999,” They Work For You. Archived December 22, 2018. Archive.fo URLhttp://archive.fo/KpS74

  13. Carbon Pricing for a Sustainable Economy” (PDF), Pembina Institute, October, 2007. Archived December 12, 2018. Archived .pdf on file at DeSmog.

  14. Bryan Corbett BATEMAN,” Companies House. Archived December 20, 2018. Archive.fo URL: https://archive.fo/ORPf7

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