MP Chris Skidmore to Back Vallance’s Tech Review

  • Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP has been appointed by the Chancellor to support Sir Patrick Vallance’s work to accelerate the development of emerging tech
  • a former Minister for Energy and Clean Growth, Chris Skidmore will advise on new regulations to promote innovation
  • Chris Skidmore’s appointment comes shortly after he published Mission Zero, the independent review of net zero

Five leading experts have already been appointed to support Sir Patrick Vallance, working with industry to identify any barriers to innovation and getting emerging technologies to market.

Chris Skidmore will support Jane Toogood on green industries, such as Zero Emissions Vehicles and energy infrastructure.

Chris Skidmore is Chair of the government’s independent Net Zero Review and the Conservative MP for Kingswood. He has previously held positions as Minister of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, at the Department for Education, and at the Department of Health and Social Care.

His Mission Zero review identified the critical role that technologies such as hydrogen, fusion, and carbon capture and storage will have in achieving net zero, and these all will require agile regulatory approaches so that they can be deployed rapidly and safely in the UK. Chris Skidmore will bring insights from his review to Sir Patrick Vallance’s work.

As set out at the Autumn Statement, the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and National Technology Adviser, Sir Patrick Vallance, is reviewing existing rules to develop a pro-innovation regulatory approach that allows the UK to fulfil its ambition to become a science superpower and world leader in key growth sectors, including green industries.

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