From spring 2012 Lord Turner will move to to focus on his role as chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) ending an association with the CCC since it was founded in 2008.

Lord Turner said: “Chairing the CCC for the first four 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”.

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 (DECC) has begun the process of recruiting a new chairman for the CCC as well as another committee member to replace Professor Michael Grubb who left in April 2011.

Luke Walsh

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