New appointments to the Climate Change Committee
2 May 2022
Ben Caldecott has been appointed to the Adaptation Committee of the Climate Change Committee, along with Nathalie Seddon (University of Oxford) and Swenja Surminski (London School of Economics). Caldecott will be leading on economics and natural capital within the Committee, previously led by Ece Ozdemiroglu.
He said, "Adaptation investments reduce knowable (and unknowable) future damages from climate impacts, and adaptation investments today can deliver growth, improvements in productivity, and potential “win-wins” for climate mitigation and nature recovery. Integrating climate risk into economic and financial decision-making across society is essential for these productive and necessary investments in our national resilience to materialise.
I am excited to be working with my new colleagues on the Adaptation Committee on these and related topics. We know every future state has some greater combination of climate-related risk and we need to take action today to reduce and manage those risks. The work of the Adaptation Committee is a critical part of the UK response to understanding and planning for this darkening risk landscape."