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Baroness Brown to step down from CCC Mitigation Committee

Julia King will continue to lead the work of the Adaptation Committee

Baroness Brown

Baroness Brown

The Deputy Chair of the Climate Change Committee (CCC), Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Professor Dame Julia King DBE FREng FRS, is to step down from her role at the end of February following more than 12 years of service.

The announcement comes ahead of Baroness Brown’s expected appointment to the Board of the Danish renewable energy company Ørsted in March.

Baroness Brown will continue as Chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee, which assesses the risks facing the UK from climate change and how well the country is preparing for them.

Baroness Brown said: “It has been a privilege to serve on the Climate Change Committee since its inception in 2008. Over that time, we’ve seen a huge leap forward in global ambition and action to tackle climate change. The path to a Net Zero UK is now feasible and affordable, something that looked almost impossible just a decade ago. It has been fascinating and immensely rewarding to be part of that journey. I look forward to continuing in my role as Chair of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee and wish my fellow Committee members well as they continue their vital work to advise and scrutinise Government action on reducing emissions.”

Climate Change Committee Chairman, Lord Deben, said: “The CCC owes a huge debt of gratitude to Baroness Brown for her tireless work, over more than a decade, to chart a path to Net Zero emissions and clean up the UK economy for good. Her contribution cannot be overstated; I would like to thank her for her razor-sharp expertise and insight, without which the last 12 years would have been much more challenging. She will be greatly missed in our discussions. I am delighted Julia will continue as Chair of the Adaptation Committee as it prepares to publish a pivotal assessment of climate change risks to the UK later this year.”

To ensure effective coordination between the CCC’s two committees (the ‘Mitigation Committee’ which focuses on UK emissions reductions and the ‘Adaptation Committee’ which considers UK preparations for climate change) a member of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee traditionally sits on both.

The Committee has appointed Professor Michael Davies, a current member of the CCC’s Adaptation Committee, to replace Baroness Brown on the Mitigation Committee while a permanent new member is sought.