Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
Securing our long-term energy supply, bringing down bills and halving inflation.
For 2023, our priorities will be:
1. Ensure security of energy supply this winter, next winter and in the longer-term – bringing down energy bills and reducing inflation.
2. Ensure the UK is on track to meet its legally binding Net Zero commitments and support economic growth by significantly speeding up delivery of network infrastructure and domestic energy production.
3. Improve the energy efficiency of UK homes, businesses and public sector buildings to meet the 15% demand reduction ambition.
4. Deliver current schemes to support energy consumers with their bills and develop options for long-term reform to improve how the electricity market works for families and businesses.
5. Seize the economic benefits of Net Zero, including the jobs and growth created through investment in new green industries.
6. Pass the Energy Bill to support the emerging CCUS and hydrogen sectors; to update the governance of the energy system; and to reduce the time taken to consent offshore wind.
Who we are
The Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (DESNZ) is focused on the energy portfolio from the former Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
The Rt Hon Grant Shapps was appointed Secretary of State for the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero on 7 February 2023. He was previously Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy on 25 October 2022, Secretary of State for the Home Department from 19 October 2022 to 25 October 2022, Secretary of State for Transport between 24 July 2019 and 6 September 2022, and Minister of State at the Department for International Development from 11 May 2015 until 28 November 2015. He was elected the Conservative MP for Welwyn Hatfield in 2005.
Grant was appointed Vice Chairman of the Conservative Party in 2005, before being made Shadow Housing Minister in June 2007. Following the 2010 election, he served as Minister of State for Housing and Local Government in the Department for Communities and Local Government. Grant was appointed to the Privy Council in June 2010. In September 2012 he was appointed as co-chairman to the Conservative Party. At the same time he held the position of Minister without Portfolio at the Cabinet Office. In 2015, Grant was appointed a Minister of State in the Department for International Development. Following the 2019 election, Grant was appointed Secretary of State for Transport, a role he retained until 2022. After serving as the Home Secretary during 2022, Grant was appointed the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, becoming Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero after the creation of the department.
Career outside politics
In 1990, Grant founded PrintHouse Corporation, a design, print, website creation and marketing business in London.