Alok Sharma is to leave his position as business secretary to focus full-time on his role as president of the UN COP26 climate conference in November.
The Glasgow event is expected to be the biggest summit the UK has ever hosted.
Mr Sharma, who will remain in the cabinet, said he was “delighted to have been asked by the PM to dedicate all my energies” to the position.
Kwasi Kwarteng replaces him as business secretary while Anne-Marie Trevelyan becomes the new energy minister.
The government says a successful summit will be critical if the UK wants to meet the objectives set out by the Paris Agreement and reduce global emissions.
The event had originally been scheduled for November 2020 but was delayed by a year due to Covid-19.
Reflecting on his new role, Mr Sharma said: “The biggest challenge of our time is climate change and we need to work together to deliver a cleaner, greener world and build back better for present and future generations.
“Through the UK’s Presidency of COP26 we have a unique opportunity, working with friends and partners around the world, to deliver on this goal.”
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