Episode 30 / Claire Perry O'Neill

Ecopragmatism & Policy Innovation

Claire Perry O'Neill

Ecopragmatism & Policy Innovation


Season 2 / Episode 30 / February 10, 2021  

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Claire Perry O'Neill is a Managing Director responsible for Climate & Energy at the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Claire is also a board member of Ikigai, a sustainable investment consultancy.

Claire was the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth in the Theresa May’s government between 2017 and 2019. She was responsible for the UK’s first clean growth plan, launching the Powering Past Coal Alliance, preparing the legislation for the UK to become the first major economy to target net zero emissions by 2050, and for leading the bid to make Glasgow the location for COP26.


Her political career started with working as an advisor for George Osborne. She went on to become MP for Devizes between 2010 and 2019. Before becoming the Minister for Energy and Clean Growth she was the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Rail between 2014-2016. Apart from energy-related issues, Claire also led works on online safety, specifically removing child pornography, through a 2011 Independent Parliamentary Inquiry. Before Claire started her career in politics in 2007, she had worked in finance and consulting for companies like Bank of America, McKinsey & Company and Credit Suisse.

Claire attended Brasenose College, Oxford University where she read Geography.

She then went on to complete her MBA at Harvard Business school (in fact Claire and I go back a long way we were members of the same study group). She is also a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. She was recently named one of Bloomberg’s ‘Green 30 for 2020’.




Relevant Web Links /

  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development: Click Here

  • The Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA): Click Here

  • ‘Wing it with a few press releases’: Claire O’Neill slams UK Govt’s ‘cavalier attitude’ to COP26 (December 2020): Click Here

  • New Year’s Resolutions for the Planet (December 2020): Click Here

  • UK Government announces a sovereign green bond (November 2020): Click Here

  • Ex-energy minister Claire O’Neill joins sustainability consultancy (October 2020): Click Here

  • Climate change: Former minister O’Neill blasts government "inaction" (September 2020): Click Here

  • A Conversation with The Rt Hon Claire O'Neill (February 2020): Click Here

  • COP 26: Everybody's In | Sunjoy Joshi | Claire Perry O'Neill (January 2020): Click Here

  • Green Finance Taskforce (March 2018): Click Here

  • UK and Canada lead global alliance against coal (November 2017): Click Here

  • UK Clean Growth Strategy (October 2017): Click Here