The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) replaced the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) in July 2016. Today, they have around 3,000 people employed within the organization that is scattered throughout London, Aberdeen and the rest of the United Kingdom.
They are responsible for:
- Industrial strategy
- Science, Research and Innovation
- Energy and clean growth
- Climate change
Today, their priorities lie in a handful of worldwide, with most recent issues lying within fighting the impacts of COVID-19 in businesses and workplaces as well as encouraging the development and manufacture of a vaccine;
BEIS look to reduce UK greenhouse gasses and gas emissions as an attempt at tacking climate change in order to reach Net Zero by 2050. You can learn more about their updated goals here.
Previously acting as the Minister of State, Kwasi Kwarteng was appointed Secretary of State at the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 8 January 2021.
Kwasi was in charge of the Department for Exiting the European Union from 16 November 2018 to 24 July 2019, and studied Classics and History at Trinity College in Cambridge, and then went on to attend Harvard University on a Kennedy Scholarship. He returned to the UK with a PhD in Economic History from the University of Cambridge one year later.
Kwasi was a British MP who worked as an analyst in the financial sector before he became elected. He is also part of various committees, including Transport and Work and Pensions Committees which are both important areas to learn about because they’re very different from one another.
Kwasi has been working as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) for quite some time. His first PPS role was in 2015 when he became The Leader of the House Lords, and then later took on an even more prestigious position which required him to work with the Chancellor of Exchequer.
Similarly, Michael Mathewson was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport in May of 2021.
As the Cabinet Secretary, Matthew is responsible for:
- Cross-government co-ordination of Net Zero policy
- Climate crisis and environmental protection
- COP26 delivery
- Sustainable development
- Circular economy, including implementation of the Deposit Return Scheme
- Cross-government co-ordination of infrastructure (policy, investment and commission)
- Cross-government delivery of 20-minute neighbourhoods
- Renewable energy industries
- Energy and energy consents
- Energy efficiency
- National Public Energy Agency
- Heating and domestic energy transformation
- Heat networks
- Fuel poverty
- Physical and marine environment
- Flood prevention and coastal erosion
- Scottish Environmental Protection Agency
- Zero Waste Scotland
- Water quality and Scottish Water
- Strategic Transport Projects Review
Born in Glasgow in 1970, Michael grew up to study at Queen Margaret College, Edinburgh, where he obtained a BSc in Occupational Therapy. Alongside this, he holds a diploma in Applied Social Sciences fro the Open University.
Before the MSP position, Mathewson practised his profession as an occupational therapist throughout Scotland with Stirling Council, Central Regional Council and Highland Regional Council.
After being elected as the MSP for Falkirk West following the May 2007 elections, Michael Matheson was appointed Minister of Public Health and Sport in 2009. He also sat on a variety of committees including justice, enterprise and culture committees before his appointment to cabinet secretary for Justice in November 2014, and continued to be reappointed two years later. In June of 2018, he was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity.