Gregory Barker, Minister – Energy & Climate Change Speaks

Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Energy & Climate Change to address 7th International Green Awards™

LONDON: 20th November 2012 – Gregory Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change is to address this year’s attendees at the 7th International Green Awards taking place inside the iconic Battersea Power Station on Tuesday 20th November.

 

Gregory Barker the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bexhill and Battle was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Environment in December 200. He led the passage of the Climate Change Bill for the Opposition through the House of Commons in 2008 and was a key author of the Conservative Party’s ‘Low Carbon Economy’ green paper, launched in January 2009. In October 2008 he was promoted to Shadow Climate Change minister in the new Shadow Department of Energy and Climate Change.

Gregory Barker commented “Moving to a low carbon, sustainable way of life is not just good for the planet, it’s good for business, it’s good for the economy and it’s good for the people.  And in this UN International Year of Sustainable Energy For All it has never been more relevant so I applaud the efforts of the International Green Awards™ in showcasing the creative talent that can inspire change.”

Battersea Power Station provides an ideal backdrop to this exciting evening as a celebration of this year’s UN Year of Sustainable Energy for All. The power station is the largest brick building in Europe, built in the 1930’s as a coal fired power station and now stands derelict as a reminder of our old world order.  As it embarks on its redevelopment in the coming years, its metamorphosis will naturally embrace sustainability at its new core. Battersea Power Station  symbolises the global shift to more sustainable practices as humanity adapts its energy intensive past in order to address the challenges and the opportunities that lie ahead as a result of climate change and resource scarcity.

According to Iain Patton, Founder & CEO “The continuing success of the International Green Awards™, the leading platform for sustainability intelligence, leadership and innovation underlines how important CSR and environmental engagement has become to business. Awards have always been well placed to act as beacons of innovation and leadership as experts recognise organisations who are paving the way for a more sustainable future.”

Acclaimed host Alastair McGowan will introduce a host of inspirational speakers including ocean advocate and pioneer swimmer Lewis Pugh who became the first person to undertake a swim across the icy waters of the North Pole.

Finally, the hugely anticipated winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award will be revealed on the evening. This award will honour a globally significant recipient individual who has made an extensive and laudable contribution to sustainability and the natural world throughout his/her career. Past winners have included Sir David Attenborough CBE and former Nobel Peace Prize Winner Professor Wangari Maathai.  In addition, the audience voted winner of the Most Responsible Celebrity Award will be announced in recognition of his/her efforts to promote and support environmental and humanitarian causes through the media.

Cate Blanchett, Artistic Director of Sydney Theatre Company which is one of this year’s shortlisted organizations commented “It is a great honour for Sydney Theatre Company to have been shortlisted for this international award, alongside other Australian organisations.  We hope we can offer a vision of how we might all creatively embrace the challenges that Climate Change presents.”

To attend this years event visit www.greenawards.com  to book tickets.

 

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