Independent expert advisory bodies facilitate ambitious climate policy responses

ScienceBrief Review March 2021

By Harriet Dudley, Andrew J. Jordan,  and Irene Lorenzoni,  School of Environmental Sciences, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), & Tyndall Centre for Climate Change, University of East Anglia (UEA)


“Summary. Many countries have established independent expert advisory bodies as part of their national policy strategies to tackle climate change. Such bodies provide evidence to inform government policy in pursuit of long-term climate objectives. They monitor progress and help focus climate change debates on key issues. These bodies are emerging as strong assets that can help governments raise ambition and deliver climate objectives in practice. They can increase public support for climate action and, by enabling long-term strategic vision, encourage private investments. More evidence is needed to assess the extent to which they are effective in supporting the delivery of climate objectives.”


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This ScienceBrief Review is part of a collection on Critical Issues in Climate Change Science, relevant to inform the COP26 climate conference to be
held in Glasgow.  Published by ScienceBrief.

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