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Professor Corinne Le Quéré and Professor Nick Chater join the Committee on Climate Change

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is pleased to announce today the appointment of two new members.

Professor Corinne Le Quéré is Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy at the University of East Anglia (UEA). She conducts research on the interactions between climate change and the carbon cycle. She has authored multiple assessment reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is a member of the Scientific Committee of the Future Earth research platform for global sustainability.

Professor Nick Chater FBA is Professor of Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School, having previously held chairs in Psychology at Warwick and University College London (UCL). He is particularly interested in the cognitive and social foundations of rationality, and in applying behavioural insights to public policy and business. He has served as Associate Editor for the journals Cognitive Science, Psychological Review, Psychological Science and Management Science. He co-founded, and is a Director of, the research consultancy Decision Technology Ltd.

In addition to the new members, the committee also announces that Lord Robert May has stepped down after serving on the committee for eight years since its inception in 2008.

The full list of current committee members is available here.


Lord Deben, Chair of the CCC, said: “I am delighted to welcome both Corinne and Nick to the committee. They will bring an invaluable combination of experience and insight at a time when the UK is poised to translate the ambition of the Paris Agreement into effective action to tackle climate change. At the same time I would like to extend the thanks of the entire committee to Robert May, whose expertise and advice has been integral to the committee’s effectiveness since 2008.”

Professor Le Quéré said: “I am very pleased to become a member of the CCC. As a senior scientist I will endeavour to provide the best possible evidence on how to respond to the challenges of climate change. I welcome this opportunity to share my expertise on ways to rapidly reduce carbon emissions in line with a low-risk climate future, and recognise the trade-offs and opportunities of a low-carbon future.”

Professor Chater said: “I am delighted to be joining this important committee, and to have the opportunity to explore how the understanding of human behaviour may be harnessed to help the UK hit its carbon targets over the coming decades. In my view, really dramatic reductions in carbon emissions will require profound changes not only in the way we create and distribute energy, food and industrial products but also in the way we use and consume them.”

Notes to editors

  1. Professor Le Quéré and Professor Chater were selected following a transparent and competitive process conducted in accordance with the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice.