• Primary Program Climate and Environment
  • Research Interests Climate change, energy efficiency, and renewables

Biography

Eric has over 20 years of experience as an energy and environmental economist focusing on energy and climate change policy, energy systems analysis, and climate change mitigation and adaptation options.   Eric is currently managing the writing and publication of a series of reports on Circular Carbon Economy to be delivered to the G20 this year.  The reports are written by International Organizations, including the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD), the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), and the Global CCS Institute (GCCSI).  Eric was previously acting Program Director for the Climate Change and Environment program at KAPSARC.  Before joining KAPSARC, Eric worked as an economist with the North Carolina Utilities Commission and was a consultant at the OECD.  Eric has previously worked in the United Nations, academic research institutes, think tanks, and government.

Publications

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Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Finding a Viable Path to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A viable, least-cost pathway to a low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions future must lie within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Paris Agreement. The rulebook for the Agreement was in many ways rewritten at the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. The flexible nature of the Agreement allows the international community to shift course as necessary. 

August 29, 2019
Achieving Climate Goals by Closing the Loop in a Circular Carbon Economy

Achieving Climate Goals by Closing the Loop in a Circular Carbon Economy

On October 30, the Saudi Minister of Energy, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, announced at the Future Investment Initiative that “the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia offers the concept of a circular carbon economy … Such a closed-loop system, much like what happens in nature, will help restore the balance of the carbon cycle.” With this bold new vision for addressing climate change, Saudi Arabia has an opportunity to shift the climate debate, both as part of its presidency of the G20 in 2020 and in the wider international community, toward an approach that explicitly includes and encourages all possible climate mitigation options.

November 7, 2019
Carbon Sequestration Units (CSUs): A New Tool to Mitigate Carbon Emissions

Carbon Sequestration Units (CSUs): A New Tool to Mitigate Carbon Emissions

The United Kingdom’s decision to aim for net zero emissions by 2050 and to enshrine it in law raises the bar for global policymakers as the world seeks to limit the impact of climate change. A recent European Commission paper outlined policy pathways toward carbon neutrality by 2050, but European governments are still at loggerheads as to whether to adopt the target. Climate experts highlight the urgency of cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2050 if global warming is to be restricted to 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels.

January 13, 2020
Market Impacts

Market Impacts

Sections 10.2.4 and 10.2.5 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Working Group II Assessment Report 5, IPCC

2014
Socio- and Macroeconomic Issues in National Long-Term Nuclear Energy Strategies

Socio- and Macroeconomic Issues in National Long-Term Nuclear Energy Strategies

International Atomic Energy Agency

2011
An analysis of large-scale CO2 trunklines using an engineering- economic model

An analysis of large-scale CO2 trunklines using an engineering- economic model

8th Annual Conference on Carbon Capture & Sequestration, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A, 2009

2009
Greenhouse Gas Allowance Allocation: Cost Pass-Through, Sector Differentiation and Economic Implications

Greenhouse Gas Allowance Allocation: Cost Pass-Through, Sector Differentiation and Economic Implications

https://nicholasinstitute.duke.edu/climate/policydesign/greenhouse-gas-allowance-allocation-cost-pass-through-sector-differentiation-and-economic-implications

2007
Emission Reductions from Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies: A Guide for Public Benefit Fund Managers

Emission Reductions from Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies: A Guide for Public Benefit Fund Managers

CCAP Report. CCAP, 2004

2004

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