About the Committee on Climate Change


Our role

The Committee on Climate Change (the CCC) is an independent, statutory body established under the Climate Change Act 2008. Our purpose is to advise the UK Government and Devolved Administrations on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change.

Strategic priorities

In fulfilling this role our focus is to:

  •  Provide independent advice on setting and meeting carbon budgets and preparing for climate change
  •  Monitor progress in reducing emissions and achieving carbon budgets and targets
  •  Conduct independent analysis into climate change science, economics and policy
  • Engage with a wide range of organisations and individuals to share evidence and analysis

 

Structure

The Committee on Climate Change comprises a Chairman and eight independent members. It is jointly sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

The Adaptation Sub-Committee (ASC), which is part of the CCC, was also established under the Climate Change Act 2008 to support the CCC in advising and reporting on progress in adaptation. Its work is led by a Chair, who also sits on the main Committee, and six expert members. It is jointly sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.

The Audit Committee supports the main Committee and the Chief Executive (as Accounting Officer) in their respective responsibilities for control and governance, risk management and associated assurance.

The Chief Executive leads a secretariat of around 30 staff who provide analytical and corporate support to the Committee.

Governance

This document sets out the CCC’s strategic objectives, priorities and work programme.

This document describes the broad framework within which the organisation operates and covers the role of both the the CCC and ASC, their governance and accountability, management and financial responsibilities.