Head of Climate Science, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Policy Fellow Alumnus, Centre for Science and Policy
Steve Smith is the joint Head of Climate Science in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, a role he took up in October 2017. He is responsible for the programme of climate research that supports UK policy, particularly to reduce emissions and enhance sinks of greenhouse gases. Before joining BEIS he was Head of Science at the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) where he helped set the UK’s targets to reduce emissions to 2050, and shaped policy across areas such as implementing the Paris Agreement, managing shale gas production and adapting to risks from a changing climate.
Steve has published in leading academic journals, contributed to TV and print media, and held a visiting scientist position at the Met Office. Previously he worked at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology. Steve holds a PhD in atmospheric physics from Imperial College London.