Paul Johnson appointed to the Committee on Climate Change – 9 August 2012

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has announced the appointment of Paul Johnson to the Committee on Climate Change.

Paul, who replaces Professor Michael Grubb, is currently the Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and has worked in the field of economics and public policy throughout his career.  Paul’s prior roles have included chief economist at the Department for Education and director of public spending in HM Treasury, where his responsibilities included environment and climate change.

David Kennedy, The Committee’s Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted to welcome Paul to the Committee. He has a very strong track record in applied economics, with valuable experience gained working in both public and private sectors. This will be particularly useful in our review of the fourth carbon budget, and designing the fifth budget. We very much look forward to working with him.”

Paul Johnson’s track record also includes leading a review of the policy of auto-enrolment into pensions for the new government; acting as deputy head of the Government Economic Service; and serving on the Economic and Social Research Council.  He has been a member of a number of advisory boards and commissions including the Pension Provision Group, the Commission on taxation and citizenship, the Youth Justice Commission and the Commission on Living Standards. He was also an editor of the Mirrlees Review of taxation.

Paul said:

“It is a great privilege to be appointed to a Committee that has developed such a reputation for using high quality evidence and analysis in providing policy advice. I very much look forward to working on the Committee to help develop that evidence base and to provide well founded advice to government.”

The Committee on Climate Change is an independent statutory body bringing together expertise from the fields of climate science and policy, economics, business competitiveness and financial management. It draws on information and undertakes its own analysis to provide expert advice to Ministers.

Notes to editors

  • The appointment process has been regulated and monitored by the Commissioner for Public Appointments to ensure that it has been made on merit against established criteria and after fair and open competition.  This process is also in accordance with the Nolan Principles.
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