Fergus Green

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Research programme
  • International environmental negotiations

  • Fergus Green

    Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Stern

    Fergus joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in January 2014. He is primarily responsible for providing academic and policy-related research assistance and advice to Professor Stern. He is also a Policy Analyst within the Institute’s Policy Team, working on projects relating to international climate cooperation, climate policy in China, and various theoretical topics concerning the ethics and politics of climate change mitigation policy.


    Fergus began his career as a lawyer in the Melbourne office of Australasian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens-Linklaters) from February 2009 to June 2012, where he specialised in climate change, energy, water and environmental regulation. During this period, Fergus also engaged in Australia’s climate and energy policy debate as an independent commentator, writing for Australia’s Lowy Institute for International Policy and for a wide range of print and online media. He was a Fellow (2010), Director and Chairman (2011–12) of the not-for-profit Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

    Fergus moved to London in September 2012 to undertake graduate study after receiving a Sir John Monash Scholarship. He completed an MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy with distinction at the LSE, receiving the Andrea Mannu Prize. He also holds a BA (Political Science) and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the University of Melbourne.

    In 2013 Fergus was a research assistant in the LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method and throughout the 2013/14 academic year he was a Teaching Fellow in the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS, where he taught Global Energy & Climate Policy at masters level.


    Research Interests

    • Global climate change governance and international cooperation;
    • Climate change policy in China, the UK and Australia;
    • The role of government in fostering structural economic change;
    • Ideal vs non-ideal (first vs second best) approaches to climate policy;
    • The regulation of fossil fuels / “Unburnable Carbon”;
    • Various topics in political theory, ethics, and the philosophy of economics and public policy:
      • Climate change ethics;
      • The ethics of policy transition (compensation, exemptions, grandfathering);
      • Liberal vs non-liberal and welfarist vs non-welfarist approaches to climate change;
      • Republican political theory, citizenship and democracy;
      • Social/political norms.
    Working paper  13 July, 2015

    Nationally Self-Interested Climate Change Mitigation: A Unified Conceptual Framework

    This paper finds that the vast majority of emissions cuts needed to decarbonise the global economy this century can lead to domestic economic benefits that outweigh the costs for individual countries, even before the avoided risks of dangerous climate change are taken into account. read more »

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    Policy paper  31 August, 2015

    The road to Paris and beyond

    This paper shows that effective international cooperation can help the world develop along a 2°C pathway and adapt to the climatic changes already locked-in as a result of past and ongoing greenhouse gas emissions. read more »

    Policy report  8 June, 2015

    China’s “new normal”: structural change, better growth, and peak emissions

    Study shows that China has entered a new phase of economic development - continuing to promote economic growth while driving down its GHG emissions. read more »


    Policy paper  19 November, 2014

    Innovation, risk and government: perspectives and principles from the social sciences

    The interplay between innovation and risk, and the social interactions between public and private sectors, are critical in fostering innovation and determining its effectiveness. read more »

    Policy paper  30 October, 2014

    “This time is different”: The prospects for an effective climate agreement in Paris 2015

    COP21, to be held in Paris at the end of 2015, presents an important opportunity for governments to negotiate a new international climate agreement. A question of central importance to preparations for COP21 is: what sort of policy architecture is most likely to generate sufficiently ambitious action to reduce global emissions? read more »

    Policy paper  14 May, 2014

    China: a critical decade

    China’s consumption of coal could reach a peak by 2020, or even earlier, as part of its plans to pursue more sustainable economic growth. The policy paper by Fergus Green … read more »

    Policy paper  18 March, 2014

    Walking alone? How the UK's carbon targets compare with its competitors'

    The UK Government is reviewing the fourth carbon budget for the period  2023-27. The Committee on Climate Change has recommended that the budget, which was originally legislated in … read more »

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    In the news  7 September, 2015

    The road to Paris and beyond: how the world can limit global warming to 2C

    China Dialogue, 2 September

    In the news  7 September, 2015

    Blue skies over Beijing ... for now

    China Daily, 5 September

    In the news  2 September, 2015

    "Ramped-up" commitments needed to overcome carbon emissions gap: study

    Xinhua, 1 September

    In the news  2 September, 2015

    Metas de redução de emissões são insuficientes, revela estudo

    31 August, Estado de Minas

    In the news  24 July, 2015

    Australia needs to accept the move to clean energy

    The Age, 24 July

    Commentary  16 July, 2015

    International climate cooperation is critical, but not for the reasons you might think

    Fergus Green looks at the opportunities arising from greater international cooperation on climate change action and how the barriers to cooperation can be overcome. read more »

    In the news  14 July, 2015

    Benefits 'more than justify' costs of decarbonisation

    Climate Spectator, 14 July

    In the news  7 July, 2015

    Podcast: Universal internet access and more

    July 1, SciDev.net

    In the news  1 July, 2015

    China's climate plan: how ambitious and what does it mean for Australia?

    Canberra Times, 1 July

    In the news  30 June, 2015

    China se compromete a reduzir emissões, antes de negociações climáticas em Paris

    Diário do Grande ABC, 30 June

    In the news  30 June, 2015

    La Chine s’engage dans les négociations climatiques

    Le Devoir, 30 June

    In the news  23 June, 2015

    Could China, the world’s biggest carbon emitter, ever go green?

    TIME magazine report on new LSE research which indicates that China's C02 emissions may peak by 2025 - five years sooner than the year pledged. read more »

    In the news  19 June, 2015

    Kicking the coal habit

    Financial Times, 14 June

    In the news  19 June, 2015

    Green financing to take root at bank

    China Daily, 19 June

    In the news  10 June, 2015

    G7, China leading on climate change

    The Age, 10 June

    In the news  10 June, 2015

    Predicted China Emissions Decline Spurs Hope for Climate Change Deal

    Voice of America, 9 June

    In the news  10 June, 2015

    China’s Green Revolution

    Foreign Policy, 9 June

    In the news  10 June, 2015

    G-7 Calls for Zero Fossil-Fuel Emissions by End of 21st Century

    Bloomberg, 9 June

    In the news  10 June, 2015

    Good news for the planet: China's greenhouse gases to peak sooner than promised

    Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June

    In the news  10 June, 2015

    China's greenhouse gases could peak early, easing climate fears

    Reuters, 8 June

    In the news  10 June, 2015

    China’s Greenhouse Gases Predicted to Peak Earlier Than Pledged

    Bloomberg, 8 June

    In the news  10 June, 2015

    Climat: les émissions de la Chine à leur maximum d’ici 2025

    Liberation, 8 June

    In the news  9 June, 2015

    Paris 2015: Tony Abbott viewed by French as reluctant actor on climate change

    The Sydney Morning Herald, 9 June

    In the news  9 June, 2015

    G7 to phase out fossil fuels

    Mail & Guardian, 9 June

    In the news  8 June, 2015

    China’s greenhouse gas emissions may peak by 2025, says study

    South China Morning Post, 8 June

    In the news  8 June, 2015

    China’s greenhouse gas emissions could fall within 10 years

    The Irish Times, 9 June

    In the news  8 June, 2015

    Climat : les émissions de la Chine à leur maximum d'ici 2025

    MSN.com France, 8 June

    In the news  8 June, 2015

    Em 2025, China chegará a pico de emissão de gases de efeito estufa

    Correio Popular, 8 June

    In the news  8 June, 2015

    China greenhouse gases: Progress is made, report says

    China's greenhouse gas emissions could start to decline within 10 years, according to a report from the London School of Economics. read more »

    In the news  8 June, 2015

    ‘Big oil’ split over climate-change risk as Paris talks loom

    The Telegraph, 8 June

    In the news  8 June, 2015

    Chinese greenhouse gas emissions may peak by 2025, says study

    Research by London School of Economics suggests the world could now avoid warming of more than 2C read more »

    In the news  21 May, 2015

    DIALOGUE: Will China’s coal consumption and CO2 emissions continue to fall?

    Fergus Green, from the Grantham Research Institute and other leading China energy experts discuss whether China's coal consumption and CO2 emissions will continue to fall. read more »


    Herbst in Paris
    Commentary  16 December, 2014

    Towards agreement in Paris 2015: Why domestic issues matter more than international law

    As the climate change negotiations at COP20 in Lima come to a close, the question of whether the new climate agreement being negotiated should be “internationally legally binding” remains an unresolved point of controversy. read more »

    In the news  17 July, 2014

    Australia's carbon price repeal: the global context

    With the repeal today of Australia's two-year-old carbon pricing scheme, the Abbott Government has formalised Australia's transition from climate laggard to climate wrecker. But just how serious a blow to global climate efforts is this repeal? read more »

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    Public Lectures 23 Jun 2015

    Public lecture | International cooperation and climate change

    Dr Alina Averchenkova, Prof John Broome, Prof Robyn Eckersley and Fergus Green discuss why the international community been faltering on effective climate action and how we can break through the collective-action impasse. read more »

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