Chairman – Europe
Mr. Huhne was appointed as the Chairman, Europe of Zilkha Biomass in July 2013, with the remit of growing the business in the European Union. Chris was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in the British coalition government from 2010 to 2012, and was responsible for the policy behind two key bills: the energy bill of 2011 setting up a new energy-saving framework for the UK, and the electricity market reform to spur low carbon investment replacing Britain’s ageing energy assets. He led the UK delegation at both the Cancun and Durban climate change talks. In Opposition before 2010, Chris was the shadow Environment secretary responsible for the first comprehensive plan for decarbonisation – Zero Carbon Britain. He was one of the pioneers in calling for political action to deal with global warming, having argued the case in his book ‘Real World Economics’ in 1990. During his time as a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2005, he was the first legislator to introduce sunset clauses time-limiting European law. Prior to elected office, Chris was group managing director of Fitch, the ratings agency, and an award-winning journalist on The Economist, Guardian and Independent. He has been on the board of the Consumers’ Association, the council of the Royal Economic Society, and a visiting fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. Chris graduated with a BA (First Class) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Magdalen College, Oxford University in 1975.