Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (NOTE: Date and Time)
On May 10, UK Government Minister Gregory Barker MP to be interviewed by CNN International anchor Fionnuala Sweeney.
Clean Energy and Clean Technology are established global markets with excellent prospects for future growth. In the United Kingdom the Clean Energy and Clean Tech sectors have continued to expand despite the difficult economic conditions. In 2011 worldwide spending on solar projects totalled $136 billion while US spending equaled $56 billion. At the same time worldwide investments from venture capital, corporate RD&D and government R&D sources in the development of Clean Tech exceeded $10 billion. (Bloomberg New Energy Finance)
What is the role for international collaboration in advancing Clean Energy? What is the UK’s experience in driving jobs and growth in Clean Energy and Clean Tech sectors? What can be learned and shared about progress and setbacks that have occurred? What new forms of collaboration are helping advance Clean Energy? Where can international partnerships make a difference?
Plan to join this insightful discussion on May 10.
Mr Gregory Barker MP, UK Minister of State, Department of Energy & Climate Change
Gregory Barker, Member of Parliament, was appointed Minister of State in the Department of Energy and Climate Change by Prime Minister David Cameron in May 2010. He has a broad ranging portfolio including energy innovation, green jobs, sustainability and the green economy.Gregory Barker was appointed Shadow Minister for Climate Change & Environment in December, 2005 and led the passage of the Climate Change Bill 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.Mr. Barker was elected Conservative Member of Parliament in June 2001. He was appointed to the Opposition Front Bench as a Conservative whip in 2003. Prior to his political career Gregory Barker had over ten years experience working in the City of London and also worked in international commerce. His previous positions include Associate Partner of the leading financial public relations firm, Brunswick Group Ltd, and head of International Investor Relations for Sibneft, a major Russian oil company, where he helped lead the company’s drive to modernize in the post Soviet economy and open up to Western markets. He was also a director of Bartlett Scott Edgar which was sold to TMP Worldwide in 2001.
Ms Fionnuala Sweeney, CNN International
Fionnuala Sweeney is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International, at the network’s headquarters in Atlanta. She was previously based in London and has reported on major news events from around Europe and the Middle East. Most recently she has reported from Cairo, Jerusalem and Abu Dhabi as part of the network’s coverage of the unrest in Egypt and the Middle East. In addition, Sweeney’s assignments have included the 20th anniversary of the fall of Communism for CNN’s Autumn of Change program, the 40th anniversary of the Six Day War, and the expansion of the European Union. She was the launch anchor of World News Europe.