Meet Climate and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd – Head of UK Paris COP21 Efforts

About the Meet Climate and Energy Secretary Amber Rudd – Head of UK Paris COP21 Efforts Series

Amber Rudd was appointed Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in May 2015 following the general election. Since then she has led the all-Conservative department in slashing subsidies to renewable energy and promoting a dash for gas with fracking in the run up to the December Paris climate change conference.

Rudd’s political career only began 10 years ago. Before entering DECC she worked closely with Chancellor George Osborne as his parliamentary private secretary. Many argue her position as a key Osborne ally has helped bolster her political clout. But this relationship has also led to strong Treasury oversight of DECC in recent months.

While her stance on the importance of tackling climate change is unquestioned, recent actions by DECC under her leadership have raised questions about her commitment to cutting Britain’s carbon emissions. In November, in the government’s energy ‘reset’, Rudd announced the end of all coal-fired power stations by 2025.

But rather than promoting renewable energy as an alternative, she stressed the important role nuclear and gas will play into the future. And just weeks ahead of the Paris COP21 climate conference, tackling climate change was put on the backburner with Rudd stating that the balance had swung too far in favour of climate change policies at the expense of keeping energy affordable.

This in-depth series explores the life and career of Amber Rudd – what did she do before politics, who has helped her along the way, and what are her priorities as we head into the critical climate talks in Paris in December 2015.

In This Series

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This is the fifth and final part in our series profiling Amber Rudd. Here DeSmog UK looks at her stance on climate change and DECC priorities as we go into the Paris climate conference. Read Part 4...
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This is the fourth part in our series profiling Amber Rudd. Here   DeSmog UK   looks at her time so far as Secretary of State. Read Part 3 here. When the 2015 election rolled around last May, green...
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Amber Rudd’s energy policy ‘reset’ hinges on a last-century vision championed by none other than Lord Lawson, the one-time chancellor to Margaret Thatcher and Britain’s leading climate denier. The ...
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This is Part 3 in our Amber Rudd series where DeSmog UK looks at her close ties to George Osborne. Read Part 2 here. Observers disagree about whether energy and climate secretary Amber Rudd is a ‘...
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This is Part 2 in our Amber Rudd series where DeSmog UK looks at her burgeoning political career. Observers disagree about whether Energy and Climate Secretary Amber Rudd is a ‘Turquoise Tory’, a c...
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Amber Rudd will be leading the British team of negotiators at Paris as the world’s leaders meet to decide the fate of the planet. The secretary of state was just this week accused of misleading Pa...
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Energy and Climate Secretary Amber Rudd has today confirmed that the UK doesn’t have the right policies in place to meet its legally binding 2020 renewable energy target. “There is insufficient evi...
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Gender issues, climate finance, and green investment strategies were all debates Amber Rudd missed out on when she was barred from attending climate negotiations in Peru last December, newly releas...
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It’s safe to say climate change is not on the Conservative Party conference agenda this year. If you showed up just 12 minutes late to Monday afternoon’s main event, you would’ve missed energy secr...