The special report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius (°C) above pre-industrial levels highlighted the importance of achieving net-zero emissions or a carbon-neutral future. There has subsequently been growing international pressure for net-zero commitments, with major emitting countries such as China and the United States (U.S.) announcing their targets of net-zero by 2060 and net-zero by 2050, respectively. Indeed, even major hydrocarbon producers, such as Saudi Arabia (net-zero by 2060) have joined the growing body of support.
Senior Research AssociateYagyavalk Bhatt is an energy professional with more than seven years of experience in the transportation and electricity domain. His…
Yagyavalk Bhatt is an energy professional with more than seven years of experience in the transportation and electricity domain. His research focuses on transportation demand planning, demand and supply models of energy and transportation systems, and cost-benefit analysis. His work includes policy analysis of South Asia’s clean energy transition. His work also focuses on the impact of supply- and demand-side policies on the adoption of fuel-efficient transportation modes and their associated energy demand. He has authored and contributed to numerous research papers and studies related to the transportation and electricity sectors. Yagyavalk has a master’s degree in renewable energy management and engineering from The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) University, India, and a bachelor’s degree in electronics and communication.
Senior Research AnalystZlata leads The Future of Hydrocarbons in a Carbon-Managed World project, aimed at estimating the consequences of international carbon regulation…Zlata leads The Future of Hydrocarbons in a Carbon-Managed World project, aimed at estimating the consequences of international carbon regulation for hydrocarbon markets, with producers starting to offer carbon-neutral LNG and carbon-neutral oil cargos.
Previously, Zlata worked in the Energy Center of the Skolkovo Business School, where she researched natural gas and LNG markets and organized the international Energy Summer School for several hundred participants from all over the world.
Later, she joined the Business Strategy Department in NOVATEK, Russia’s leading independent gas producer, where her main focus was on strategic forecasting and international cooperation in LNG, hydrogen and CCUS.
Since 2020, Zlata has also been a member of the Future Energy Leaders Programme of the World Energy Council.
Program DirectorBrian Efird is the program director for Policy and Decision Science and a senior research fellow. He manages a multidisciplinary,…Brian Efird is the program director for Policy and Decision Science and a senior research fellow. He manages a multidisciplinary, multinational team of researchers whose global program of work focuses on the nexus between geopolitics, domestic and local politics, and energy. Fundamentally, the team examines the non-economic factors that impact energy markets and energy policy. This includes quantitative models of collective decision-making processes (CDMP), geospatial information system (GIS) applications, the energy policymaking process, and country-specific studies. Dr. Efird is managing editor of the journal Energy Transitions. He was previously a senior research fellow at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.; a consultant on defense and international security matters in Washington; and a consultant applying quantitative models to support corporate, investment banking, and legal negotiations in New York.
Dr. Efird received his M.A. in International Studies and Ph.D. in Political Science from Claremont Graduate University.