Former climate change minister Greg Barker is has been named as the new chairman of Boris Johnson’s London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC).
Barker, who stood down from the department of energy and climate change (DECC) in July’s reshuffle, will be tasked with ensuring the city’s predicted growth of 37% by 2050 is sustainable.
He will also sit on the Infrastructure Delivery Board.
“I am delighted to be the new Chair of the LSDC. The Commission has a vital role to play in securing London’s sustainable economic future,” said Greg Barker MP. “Under my leadership we will be working hard to advise on putting plans and policies in place to unlock the jobs and investment potential in our green economy, embed sustainability in the Mayor’s long-term economic plan and ensure London is at the cutting edge for global green innovation.”
Paul Turner, sustainable business director, Lloyds Banking Group will become the new deputy chairman.
“Greg’s experience in Government at the forefront of the UK’s response to climate change, coupled with Paul Turner's extensive background in business, means they are the ideal candidates for these very important jobs,” said Mayor of London, Boris Johnson.
“They have the opportunity to play key roles in meeting the challenge of our rapidly growing population and helping our green businesses to thrive,” he added.