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Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte Receives New Year Honour from Queen Elizabeth

Recognized for her work on climate change and sustainable energy, Kyte has been named a Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George.

Closing out 2019 – and the past decade – on a high note, Fletcher Dean Rachel Kyte was honored by the U.K.'s Queen Elizabeth in the 2020 New Year Honours list for her critical efforts combating climate change and her service in the field of sustainable energy. 

Dean Kyte was was appointed Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George (CMG). The Most Distinguished Order of Saint Michael and Saint George is an order of chivalry and rewards service in a foreign country, or in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs. It was started on April 28, 1818 by King George IV (who, at the time, was still Prince Regent).

 “I am deeply honored to be appointed CMG in this year’s New Year Honours,” said Kyte of being named among the 2020 award recipients. “I stand on the shoulders of many, and it is energizing to see the work on climate change and leaving no one behind recognized in this way. We must now look to the decade ahead to ensure clean, affordable, reliable energy for all. I know we can make this a reality.”

The New Year Honours is part of the British honors system – honors that are awarded on merit, for exceptional achievement or service. Along with the Queen’s Birthday Honours, they are the most significant announcements of civilian and military gallantry awards.

This year, awards were bestowed upon the likes of Sir Elton John, Olivia Newton-John, and various other celebrities and change-makers – including an impressive number of those in the field of climate change.

“It is heartening to see so many others committed to the field of climate science, international environment and sustainability acknowledged by the Queen for their service. Together the announcement of the EarthShot Prize – a decade to save the planet, the royal family is part of efforts in the U.K. to ensure a viable future for our global society,” said Kyte of her counterparts. “In the past, the global footprint of the U.K. has been about extracting resources – physical and human. The coming decade must be about a global engagement based on strengthening restoration, resilience and respect. The U.K.’s hosting of the next round of climate talks, a moment to ratchet up ambition after the Paris Agreement, in November 2020, is a critical opportunity to show that.”

The winners are published in the public record London Gazette each year. You can read more about the New Year Honours here.