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Ministers appoint new business champion to the CCC

Nigel Topping CMG.

Nigel Topping has been appointed to the Climate Change Committee (CCC) by the UK Government and Governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

He will take up his role in May 2023 for a five-year term, steering the Committee’s work on the role of business in the transition to Net Zero.

Nigel brings unrivalled experience and expertise from his role as the UN’s Climate Change High-Level Champion for COP26, and as the UNFCCC’s Global Ambassador on the ‘Race to Zero’ and the ‘Race to Resilience’. He draws on nearly 20 years’ experience in the private sector.

Nigel Topping said:
“I’m very proud to join the Climate Change Committee. I’ve long been an admirer of the Committee’s work. The CCC is one of the UK’s key strengths in the global race to Net Zero. I’m looking forward to championing the role of business in the Net Zero transition, and the need for policies that support and encourage businesses to lead the charge. Change will happen quickly if we can get the conditions right.”

Lord Deben, Chairman of the CCC, said:
“I am delighted to welcome Nigel to the Committee. He brings vast experience of the business world and played one of the central roles at COP26 and COP27. I’m sure he will drive us to be even more ambitious in our Net Zero advice.”

Notes to editors

  1. Nigel Topping – Nigel Topping, CMG was appointed by the UK Prime Minister as UN Climate Change High Level Champion for COP26.  In this role Nigel mobilised global private sector and local government to take bold action on climate change, launching the Race To Zero and Race To Resilience campaigns and, with Mark Carney, the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero. Nigel is now a global advisor to governments, financial institutions and private companies on climate and industrial strategy. He is a non-executive director of the UK Infrastructure Bank, an Honorary Professor of Economics at Exeter University and was awarded the honor of CMG in Queen Elizabeth’s final honors list in 2022. Nigel read Mathematics at St Johns and won two rugby blues, before entering a career in the manufacturing industry. Nigel Topping is a global ambassador to the Race to Zero and Race to Resilience campaigns.
  2. Appointments have been made in line with the guidance set out in the Ministerial Governance Code for Public Appointments and the Climate Change Act 2008.