London mayor appoints former energy minister as sustainability adviser
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Greg Barker has been appointed as the new chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission, with a particular focus on accelerating the growth of low carbon industries in the capital.
Barker was minister of state in the energy department until earlier this year. The commission said he would bring an array of knowledge and experience to the position.
The LSDC was established in 2002 to advise the mayor on sustainability issues, such as Londoners’ quality of life, and consists of experts from the economic, social and, environmental sectors.
Barker will also sit on a new infrastructure delivery board consisting of senior figures from the public sector and business, which will address the challenges of population growth.
By 2050, London’s population will grow by 37% to more than 11 million people, according to the LSDC.
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