The Daily Mail has published information on key members of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) which suggests a possible clash of interests.
John Selwyn Gummer, who was environment secretary under John Major and agriculture minister in Margaret Thatcher’s government, is the newly designated chairman of the CCC.
The Daily Mail reported the former MP is also chairman of Forewind, a consortium trying to build thousands of turbines in the North Sea’s Dogger Bank.
Lord Deben was named by Mr Cameron last month as his preferred candidate to be the new CCC chairman. The body recommends targets for reducing carbon dioxide emissions and subsidies for the ‘renewable’ energy industry.
The CCC has championed subsidies for wind and other renewable energy sources, stating that it should be possible for renewables to account for 45 per cent of power generation by 2030, compared with three per cent now.
Lord Deben already chairs Sancroft, a lobbying and consultancy firm based in Queen Anne’s Gate, Westminster.
The CCC was set up to provide David Cameron with independent advice on energy policy and climate change.