Lord Barker was elected as MP for Bexhill and Battle 2001, serving on the Environmental Audit Select Committee 2001-2005. Following the election of 2010 he was appointed Minister of State at the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) and was appointed to the Privy Council in 2012. He pioneered UK “green” trade missions abroad and in addition to his role at DECC, served as Minister for Business Engagement with India from 2012-2014. Lord Barker represented the UK at all major International Climate negotiations between 2010 & 2014 and took a lead international role mobilising private climate finance for developing countries.
After Lord Barker stood down from Government in July 2014, he was appointed the Prime Minister’s envoy on Climate Change. He relinquished this formal role ahead of leaving the House of Commons in March 2015. Lord Barker was appointed chair of the London Sustainable Development Commission by Mayor Boris Johnson in January 2015 and also joined the London Infrastructure Delivery Board. He is a trustee of the Climate Group, a member of the European board of the Environmental Defence Fund and a trustee of the board of De La Warr Pavilion.
Gregory Barker was created a life Peer on the recommendation of the Prime Minister in the Dissolution Honours List in August 2015 and now sits as a Conservative in the House of Lords as Lord Barker of Battle.