Sensitive Intervention Points in the Post-Carbon Transition (2019) with Doyne Farmer, Cameron Hepburn, Matthew Ives, Thomas Hale, Thom Wetzer, Penny Mealy, Ryan Rafaty and Rupert Way. Science. 364 (6436), 132-134. Free copy here.
Low Carbon Competitiveness in Asia (2018) with Sam Fankhauser and Alex Kazaglis. Economies. 6(1), 5
Environmental degradation and the risks from climate change have strengthened the need for cleaner forms of economic growth. Using patent, trade and output data, we measure the current size of Asia’s low-carbon economy and assess its competitiveness across key sectors. We look at three success factors for low-carbon competitiveness at the sector level: the ability to convert to low-carbon products and processes (measured by a specialization in low-carbon innovation), the ability to gain and maintain market share (measured by existing comparative advantages) and a favorable starting point (measured by current output and scale). Using this framework, we identify the ‘climate change mitigation technologies’ that Asian countries specialize in and can potentially scale up. The analysis shows that Asia’s top low-carbon economies are Japan, South Korea and China. The sectors in which Asia is particularly well placed to be globally competitive include efficient lighting, photovoltaics and energy storage. Overall, Asia is a specialist in innovating and exporting climate change mitigation technologies but there are significant regional disparities
Media & Consulting
Building back better with Tim Dobermann. Indian Express. Print Edition. May 2021.
We must put resilience at the heart of India’s “once-in-a-century” budget. This involves a re-invigorated focus on (a) healthcare and sanitation, (ii) climate resilient infrastructure (iii) modernised agriculture and (iv) disaster risk reduction tools like advanced weather forecasting and early warning systems.
Making India’s post-Covid recovery green will help tackle growing environment challenges and generate jobs. with Brian O'Callaghan. Times of India. Print Edition. November 2020.
The spending required to modernise agricultural practices and install pollution control equipment in thermal power plants has been difficult to mobilise in the past. However, unprecedented fiscal stimulus, galvanised by the pandemic, is now on the table. This spending could simultaneously address the immediate Covid-19 economic crisis and the quietly unfolding public health emergency of air pollution.
Can Carbon Markets Work? Discussant for David Victor and Danny Cullenward's Book Launch at the Blavatnik School of Government.
Did the Paris Climate Agreement Lead to any Meaningful Changes? with Freddi Otto and Richard Millar. Futuremarkers Podcast. November 2019.
Low-Carbon Industrial Strategies for Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines with ClimateWorks Australia and Vivid Economics. Discussion Papers. July 2019.
Green Technology: Can India Win the Green Race? with Rajat Kathuria. Op-Ed in Financial Express. New Delhi. April 2018.
Meeting the Low Carbon Growth Challenge with Shikha Jha, Minsoo Lee, David Raitzer, Sam Fankhauser and Alex Kazaglis. Theme Chapter for Asian Development Outlook 2016. Asian Development Bank.