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Lord Deben appointed chair of Committee on Climate Change

Lord Deben has a major contribution to make to the climate change agenda, and I look forward to working with him as we move into critical period on climate change issues both at home and abroad.”

Lord Deben said:

The Rt Hon Lord Deben PC has been confirmed as Chair of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), as approved by Energy Secretary Ed Davey.

This follows a successful pre- appointment hearing on Tuesday 4 September, in which the Energy and Climate Change Committee (ECCC) recommended that he was suitable for the role.

DECC Secretary of State, Edward Davey, said:

“Lord Deben brings with him a huge amount of knowledge of working with businesses in the environment sector and of working with Government during his time as a Government Minister and an MP.

“This appointment is a great honour. I look forward to building upon the solid foundations that Adair Turner has laid. I am determined that the Committee on Climate Change will remain firmly independent, giving impartial, scientifically well-founded advice to the UK Government and devolved administrations.”

As Chair, Lord Deben will be responsible for steering and developing the overall work of the CCC, which advises the UK Government on setting and meeting carbon budgets and on preparing for the impacts of climate change.

Lord Deben will succeed Lord Adair Turner who stepped down earlier this year to focus on his role as Chair of the Financial Services Authority.

New head for DEFRA

Environment Secretary Spelman replaced by Paterson in cabinet reshuffle

agriculture, fisheries and food minister from 2003-2005 and campaigned extensively for the dairy industry. He was then moved to the Department for Transport in 2005, serving there until 2007, before taking up the Northern Ireland post in opposition and then becoming Secretary of State once the Coalition came to power.

Caroline Spelman has been replaced by the former Northern Ireland Secretary, Owen Paterson as the head of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Paterson took over the job this morning after David Cameron’s first major cabinet reshuffle since he became Prime Minister in 2010.

The conservative MP for North Shropshire, Paterson was shadow


The appointment of Paterson may concern green groups due to his previous hostility towards environmental campaigns. In the past he has demanded an end to all energy subsidies, as well as calling for the immediate fast-tracking of shale gas projects, giving George Osborne an important ally as the chancellor looks to orientate the UK’s energy policy in favour of gas.

Of particular interest will be his approach to spending on flood defences in the UK, as well as the issue of the Draft Water Bill. Will we see it put before parliament before the end of the next session?

Environment Minister, John Griffiths, announced the appointment of Professor Peter Matthews as Chair of the Welsh Government’s new body for managing natural resources in Wales, effective from the 1st August.

Prof Matthews has held a variety of senior positions in the environmental field, in both the private and public sectors. He has been deputy managing director of Anglian Water International, president of the European Water Association and chair of the Northern Ireland authority for Utility

Regulation. He also served on the Royal Commission for Environmental Pollution and is a visiting professor at Anglia Ruskin University.

In announcing Professot Matthews appointment, the Minister said:

“I am delighted to announce Professor Matthews’ appointment. He has had a long and distinguished career in the environmental sector and his wealth of experience will provide an excellent foundation for driving forward our new single body.

“Prof Matthews has successfully worked with ministers within Northern Ireland’s devolved

administration. He also has

Professor Peter Matthews appointed as Chair of new Welsh Natural Resources Body

excellent business credentials due to his successful time at one of the UK’s largest water companies.”

Prof Matthews said:

“I am really excited to be appointed to this position. Realising the vision of a single body for Wales will be the culmination of my life’s work of working in

sustainable environmental management.

“The concepts behind this new body are cutting edge and I look forward to working with everyone to put Wales at the forefront of natural resource management. We will draw on the strengths of the current bodies and make the people of Wales proud of what we achieve.

“One of my early priorities is to recruit the new body’s chief executive, followed by a board, to join me in providing strong leadership as we embark on this journey together."

It is a key Programme for Government action for the Welsh Government to bring together the Countryside Council for Wales, Environment Agency Wales and Forestry Commission for Wales as one organisation. The single body will become fully operational on 1 April 2013.

One single body will ensure the most sustainable and effective management of Wales’ natural resources. The transition from three environment bodies to one is estimated to result in benefits worth £158m over a ten year period allowing greater investment in frontline delivery of services.

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