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CCC chairman’s green business links draw criticism

Lord Deben’s green business links have attracted fresh criticism as energy secretary Ed Davey reveals he knew of the former conservative minister’s green interests, the Daily Mail reported.

Last year Lord Deben had an array of environmental business interests which included tidal energy company Corlan Hafren and Forewind.

Lord Deben had given up his roles with these companies but is currently the chairman of the Veolia Water UK board.

When asked how he would deal with accusations that perhaps the Committee’s advice were being influenced by his own financial interests, Lord Deben said he does not think there will be any financial or other interests.

He added: “If you are going to have somebody do a job like this effectively, they know something about it and they care about it, it is likely they have done things in that area before. You can always have somebody who does not have any interests at all, but they probably do not know anything about it.

“I am chairman of a water company, but the major job of the water company is putting in meters for other water companies. It does not own any water companies any longer; it sold those. If you look at what it does, it really has no connection at all.

“And if I thought it even had a remote connection, I would make that change. I think this job is too important to jeopardise in that way, but I can assure you that I have been through that very carefully.”

David Cameron nominated Lord Deben (formerly John Gummer) as the new chairman of the Committee on Climate Change, set up to advise government on energy policy under the Climate Change Act in September 2012.

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