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IPCC chair Jim Skea steps down from Just Transition Commission - Letter of Resignation

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11 Sep 2023
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Màiri McAllan MSP

11 September 2023

Dear Ms McAllan,

Chair of Just Transition Commission

With great regret, I am writing to tender my resignation as Chair of the Just Transition, effective from 27 September 2023, the date of the Commission’s next meeting. As you may know, I have recently been elected as Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and it will not be possible to combine the two roles.

It has been a great honour to serve as Chair over the two phases of the Commission’s work. Much remains to be done, but I feel that we have made good progress in establishing clear principles for action, and have made a start on the sectoral Just Transition Plans that are needed to make just transition a reality. Scotland remains an exemplar on the international stage, and we must strive to justify that position.

I would like to pay tribute to those I have worked with over the last five years: fellow Commissioners for their collegiality and their combination of robust advocacy with a genuine desire to reach consensus; members of the Secretariat who supported our activities and smoothed our travels across Scotland; stakeholders and member of the public with whom we engaged and who reminded us of the practical realities of transition; and of course yourself and other Ministers who clearly listened and who supported an independent voice on some very challenging issues.

I step down with a sense of regret. The constant reminder of the realities of ambitious climate action grounded my international work with IPCC and put it in context. I will miss the role and extend my very best wishes to whoever picks up the baton.

Your sincerely,

Professor Jim Skea,

Chair, Just Transition Commission

IPCC chair Jim Skea steps down from Just Transition Commission

Letter of Resignation

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