Lord Adair Turner is stepping down as Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) from spring 2012 to focus on his role as chair of the Financial Services Authority.
Lord Turner has been Chair of the CCC, which advises government on tackling climate change, since it was set up in 2008.
He led the charge on policies such as bringing in 2050 target to cut emissions, the passing of the UK’s first four carbon budgets and pushing changes in the electricity market reform.
Lord Turner said it had been “a pleasure and an honour” to work on the CCC: “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 four years.”
CCC colleague and chief executive David Kennedy, chief executive of the CCC said Lord Turner had shown “inspired” leadership, while Keith Allott, head of climate change at WWF-UK said he will be “a hard act to follow”.
DECC expects a new Chair to be appointed by end March 2012.