Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Energy

Màiri McAllan MSP



Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Energy
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House
Regent Road

Màiri McAllan MSP was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Energy in May 2024.


The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for: 

  • climate crisis and environmental protectionc
  • decarbonisation of buildings
  • Deposit Return and waste issues
  • Drinking Water Quality Regulator, private water, Hydro Nation
  • emissions trading schemes
  • energy systems
  • environmental quality
  • flood prevention and coastal erosion
  • Future Generations Commissioner
  • green industrial strategy (jointly with Deputy First Minister)
  • green skills
  • Heat and Energy Efficiency Scotland agency
  • international climate change
  • Just Transition Fund
  • marine planning
  • nature recovery targets and NatureScot
  • Net Zero policy (cross-government co-ordination)
  • oil and gas
  • physical and marine environment
  • Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • sustainable development
  • water quality and Scottish Water
  • Zero Waste Scotland

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Màiri McAllan is a former corporate lawyer and Special Adviser to the First Minister and was elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2021 to represent the constituency of Clydesdale.

Ms McAllan, while practising law, specialised in energy and natural resources in a large Glasgow firm. She also cofounded the human rights organisation ‘Reblaw Scotland’ during this time.

Ms McAllan was  appointed Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero and Just Transition in March 2023. She was appointed as the Cabinet Secretary for Wellbeing Economy, Net Zero and Energy in February 2024.

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