Lord Deben Appointed Chair of Committee on Climate Change

Wed, 12 September 2012

The Rt Hon Lord Deben PC has been confirmed as Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), as approved by Energy Secretary Ed Davey.

This follows a successful pre-appointment hearing on Tuesday 4 September, in which the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) recommended that he was suitable for the role.

DECC Secretary of State, Edward Davey, said:

“Lord Deben brings with him a huge amount of knowledge of working with businesses in the environment sector and of working with Government during his time as a Government Minister and an MP.

Lord Deben has a major contribution to make to the climate change agenda, and I look forward to working with him as we move into critical period on climate change issues both at home and abroad.”

Lord Deben said:

“This appointment is a great honour. I look forward to building upon the solid foundations that Adair Turner has laid. I am determined that the Committee on Climate Change will remain firmly independent, giving impartial, scientifically well-founded advice to the UK Government and devolved administrations.”

As Chair, Lord Deben will be responsible for steering and developing the overall work of the CCC, which advises the UK Government on setting and meeting carbon budgets and on preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Lord Deben will succeed Lord Adair Turner who stepped down earlier this year to focus on his role as Chair of the Financial Services Authority.

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