Can Amber Rudd ‘Greenify’ Cameron’s Adgenda?


Green campaigners who feared the Tory election victory spelt bad news for the environment were seemingly relieved to hear of the appointment of Amber Rudd as the new energy secretary. But who is she and what does she stand for?

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Rudd succeeds the coalition’s Liberal Democrat Ed Davey in the position, and she is expected to pick up where he left off with a strong pro-renewables agenda.

Rudd, 51, is the MP for Hastings and Rye in East Sussex, and worked as parliamentary private secretary to chancellor George Osborne from 2012 to 2013, before becoming the parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department of Energy and Climate Change in July 2014.

She has spoken of the importance of working towards the goals of the UK Climate Change Act, and despite the Conservatives’ announcement that they will stop supporting onshore windfarms, she is expected to advocate renewables such as offshore wind, solar power, and marine energy.

Despite the loss of Lib Dem influence in government, it is hoped that Rudd will keep climate issues high on the Cameron administration’s agenda.

Chief executive of the Renewable Energy Association, Dr Nina Skorupska, welcomed Rudd’s appointment: “Amber Rudd has been a champion of renewables and the low-carbon economy in the past year, and her appointment will do much to allay the fears some may have after the general election.

“We look forward to continue working with her on some of the pressing challenges ahead, ensuring we meet our targets in the most efficient way, laying the foundations for post 2020 and making sure the UK is leading the way in green jobs and cost-effective renewables.”

Rudd also aims to work on a strong global warming deal at the UN summit in Paris towards the end of the year. So despite concerns over Tory environmental policy over the next five years, the green sector’s reaction has been that with Rudd in charge of energy and climate change, the picture is far rosier.

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