Committee on Climate Change Chair departs – 7 June 2012

Lord Turner, founding Chair of Committee on Climate Change has now stepped down and hands over to an interim Chair until a substantive appointment is made to replace him.

As Chair of the Committee since it was set up in 2008, he has been a guiding force in encouraging Government to strengthen its approach to tackling climate change. Since then he has combined this role with his full-time role as Chair of the Financial  Services Authority.

David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the Committee said: 

“Adair’s leadership has been key to our achievements over the last four years, including getting agreement on carbon budgets and catalysing the Electricity Market Reform. His evidence and analysis based approach has underpinned our credibility as an organisation, and is now well embedded. We will all miss Adair on both professional and personal levels. I thank him for his hard work and dedication.”

Until a new Chair is announced by the Government the Committee will be Chaired by Professor Dame Julia King, a current member of the Committee.  Julia is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng) and Vice-Chancellor of Aston University. She was appointed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in March 2007 to lead the ‘King Review’  to examine the vehicle and fuel technologies that could help to reduce carbon emissions from road transport. She is one of the UK’s Business Ambassadors, supporting UK companies in the areas of low carbon and transport.

The Department for Energy and Climate Change are in the process of recruiting a new Chair for the CCC as well as another Committee member to replace Professor Michael Grubb who left in April 2011.