Lord Turner today announced that he is standing down as Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) from spring 2012 in order to focus on his role as Chair of the Financial Services Authority (FSA).
Lord Turner has been Chair of the Committee since it was set up in 2008, and has been influential in guiding its analysis and in encouraging Government to strengthen its approach to tackling climate change. Since 2010, he has combined this role with his full-time role as Chair of the FSA.
Notable achievements during his time leading the Committee include the acceptance by Government of the CCC’s proposed 2050 target to tackle climate change, the passing of the UK’s first three carbon budgets into legislation (2008) then the fourth budget (2011), and recommendations made on electricity market reform which have been taken forward by Government.
Lord Turner said: “Chairing the CCC for the first 4 years of its existence has been both a pleasure and an honour. The Committee has a vital role in ensuring that the UK commits to and sticks to a feasible path towards a low carbon economy, making a fair contribution to reducing global emissions and reducing the dangers of harmful climate change.
“We have achieved a lot in these first 4 years: that reflects the hard work, commitment and expertise of all the members of the Committee and of the secretariat which has supported it. I will miss working with them, but know that they will ensure the Committee’s success in future.”
David Kennedy, Chief Executive of the CCC added: “Adair has inspired members of the Committee and the Secretariat over the last four years. His intellectual vision and broader leadership qualities have been crucial in establishing us as an independent and authoritative organisation in the area of UK climate change policy.
“He has remained fully dedicated to our work here, notwithstanding his very demanding role at the FSA. We are very grateful to Adair for his huge efforts on our behalf and are very sad to see him go”.
Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said: “Lord Turner has brought invaluable economic insight to the climate change debate. He will leave the Committee on Climate Change with a strong legacy based on credible, evidence based analysis, which is a great credit to him.
“We have been lucky to have had the benefit of his experience and I am grateful for the work he has done.”
The Department for Energy and Climate Change have begun the process of recruitment to select a new Chair for the CCC as well as another Committee member to replace Professor Michael Grubb who left in April 2011. Both posts will be recruited by executive search firm Odgers Berndtson through open and fair competition.
The new Chair is expected to be appointed by end March 2012.