Former environment secretary Lord Deben and IFS economist Paul Johnson will both serve a further five-year term on the statutory government advisory body
Lord Deben has been reappointed to serve another five-year term as chairman of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), the government announced today.
Having led the statutory advisory body since 2012, Conservative peer Lord Deben’s term was due to conclude this year but has now been extended for a further five years until 2022.
In addition, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) director Paul Johnson, who has served with Lord Deben as a Committee member since 2012, has also had his term extended by another five years.
One of seven non-chair CCC members, Paul Johnson has been the director of think tank IFS since 2011 and is a visiting professor in economics at University College London.
Established by the Climate Change Act in 2008, the Committee on Climate Change is the non-departmental body responsible for providing independent advice to the government on reducing emissions in line with the UK’s target to cut CO2 by 80 per cent between 1990 and 2050, setting statutory carbon budgets every five years.
The CCC set out its advice on the UK’s fifth carbon budget covering emissions reductions from 2028-2032, and the government has said it will publish its Clean Growth Strategy for delivering these CO2 cuts this autumn, with the long-awaited plan expected to be released this week.
The CCC is likely to have a key role in assessing whether the new plan is credible and capable of delivering sufficient emissions reductions.
Climate change minister Claire Perry welcomed the Committee reappointments. “The UK was the first country to introduce legally binding emission reduction targets under the Climate Change Act and we have led the G7 group of countries in cutting our emissions, while growing our economy by more than two-thirds since 1990,” said Perry in a statement. “The independent advice provided by Lord Deben, Paul Johnson and the entire Committee will help us continue to lead the world in clean growth.”
CCC chair Lord Deben is a passionate proponent of growing the green economy and tackling climate change, having been the UK’s longest-serving Environment Secretary from 1993-1997.
He also runs corporate responsibility consultancy Sancroft, and holds chairmanship roles at both environmental compliance firm Valpak Ltd and the Personal Investment Management and Financial Advice Association.
Lord Deben said the UK was “a leader in the world’s battle against climate change”, adding that he is “delighted and honoured to continue as Chairman of the Committee”.
“Since 2012, amongst many other tasks, the CCC has advised government on the fourth (2023 to 2027) and fifth (2028 to 2032) carbon budgets, advised the devolved administrations on emission reduction targets and reported to Parliament annually on UK progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” he said in a statement.