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    UK PM Reshuffles Energy


The new role for Sharma reflects the importance of COP26 in November.

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UK PM Reshuffles Energy

UK prime minister Boris Johnson appointed Alok Sharma as full-time president of the UN COP26 climate conference in Glasgow this November, replacing him with Kwasi Kwarteng as Secretary of State Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Kwarteng had been energy minister. Sharma retains his ministerial status.

COP26 will be the largest summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together representatives from nearly 200 countries, including world leaders, experts, and campaigners, the government said January 8.

Sharma said: "Given the vital importance of tackling climate change I am delighted to have been asked by the prime minister to dedicate all my energies to this urgent task."

Kwarteng will lead and bring together work on business, science and innovation to unleash investment and growth in his new role, and Anne-Marie Trevelyan will in turn succeed him as business and energy minister.

Johnson's Ten Point Plan sets out how the UK will go "further and faster towards a greener future, including committing to end the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, supporting renewable energy projects across the UK, investing in technology and transforming the energy efficiency of the UK’s homes and public buildings."