28 September 2022
Deputy Hilary Jeune has been appointed as Jersey’s first Minister for Energy and
Climate Change, and will represent the Island at the upcoming United Nations
Climate Change Conference (COP27).
Minister for the Environment, Deputy Jonathan Renouf, has delegated the
responsibility for the area of work to Deputy Jeune, who has already been serving as
Assistant Minister for the Environment.
The new position was a recommendation of the Carbon Neutral Roadmap, which was
agreed by the States Assembly in April 2022.
Deputy Renouf said: “Creating this Ministerial portfolio demonstrates how seriously
the government is taking our responsibility to reduce emissions and to follow the
trajectory of the Paris Agreement on a path to net-zero by 2050.
“In these first months working together, Deputy Jeune has demonstrated an in-depth
knowledge and understanding of this area. Her background in scrutinising and
advising international organisations on climate change policies means she is well
placed to drive forward our work with real passion and ensure Jersey accelerates its
carbon reduction over the course of this term of government.”
Deputy Jeune will, accordingly, represent Jersey at COP27 in Egypt in November.
She added: “I am really excited to be leading our work on energy and climate change
and look forward to working closely with Ministers, businesses, environmental
organisations and all Islanders on our carbon neutral and net-zero ambitions.
“We’re thankful for our invite to COP27 which is further evidence of the respect
shown for our carbon reduction efforts and plans. It’ll provide an opportunity to
share best practice with leaders from other jurisdictions, and to learn from success
stories from other small Island nations."