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  • Rodney Boyd

    Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Stern

    Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Stern

    Rodney joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in March 2014. He is primarily responsible for providing policy-related research assistance to Professor Stern. He is also a Policy Analyst within the Institute’s policy team, working on projects relating to financing the adaptation to and mitigation of climate change impacts.

    Background

    Rodney has been involved in the energy and climate change sector since 2006, working on climate finance, renewable energy and carbon economics. He started his career in the UK as an Energy and Carbon Analyst with National Grid, one of the world’s largest utilities, before becoming Senior Research Analyst with IDEAcarbon, an independent London-based group specialising in providing financial intelligence and advice on carbon markets and climate policy. For two years, Rodney volunteered to lead the CDM/JI commentary at Climatico Analysis.

    Prior to working at the Grantham Research Institute, he was with the Climate Policy Initiative in Berlin and Venice. Here, he analysed the role of public money to mobilise private climate investment, tracked current climate finance flows globally and for Germany, and worked with policymakers to test the effectiveness of European energy and climate policies, including energy network regulation and financing, renewable energy support and carbon market design.

    Rodney holds a MSc (First Class with Distinction) in Sustainable Energy Systems specialising in the economics of the power system and climate policy design, and a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics, both from the University of Edinburgh.

    Research Interests

    • The role of the public in climate investment through efficient financial support and effective policy.
    • Private sector investment strategies, business models, risk/return appetites and measuring real or perceived risks.
    • The bankability of renewable energy technologies and cost reduction potentials.

    Publications

    Financing transmission investment and the role of public policy
    Boyd, R., and K. Neuhoff. 2012. Conference Paper – 9th International Conference on the European Energy Market, Florence, Italy.

    Renewable electric energy integration: Quantifying the value of design of markets for international transmission capacity
    Neuhoff, K., Barquin, J., Bialek, J., Boyd, R., Dent, C., Echavarren,  F., Grau, T., von Hirschhausen, C., Hobbs, B., Kunz, F., Nabe, C., Papaefthymiou, G., Weber, C., and H. Weigt. 2013. Energy Economics, v.40, pp.760–772.

    How do surplus allowances impact banking behaviour? Drawing lessons from the European Emission Trading Scheme
    Neuhoff, K., Schopp, A., Vasa, A., Stelmakh, K., and R. Boyd. Forthcoming.

    Policy paper  4 May, 2015

    What will global annual emissions of greenhouse gases be in 2030, and will they be consistent with avoiding global warming of more than 2°C?

    Countries agreed at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) in Lima, Peru, in December 2014 to set out their “intended nationally determined contributions” (INDCs) … read more »

    2014

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    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 »

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    Policy Seminars 24 Jun 2015

    Report Launch (London) | Bridging the gap: improving the economic and policy framework for carbon capture and storage in the European Union

    Agenda Presentation of key findings  Debate:  How can the development and deployment of CCS be accelerated in the EU in the next 5 to 10 years? Panellists:  Michael Schuetz, European … read more »

    Policy Seminars 16 Jun 2015

    Report Launch (Brussels) | Bridging the gap: improving the economic and policy framework for carbon capture and storage in the European Union

    Agenda Presentation of key findings  Debate:  How can the development and deployment of CCS be accelerated in the EU in the next 5 to 10 years? Panellists:  Paula Abreu Marques, … read more »

    Grantham Workshop 21 Jan 2015

    Grantham Workshop – Samuela Bassi and Rodney Boyd - "How can policy make carbon capture and storage (CCS) more bankable in the European Union"

    Samuela Bassi, a Policy Analyst at the Grantham Research Institute and Rodney Boyd, a Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Lord Stern, will be the speakers for this seminar. … read more »

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