Michal Nachmany

Policy Officer

Michal leads the work on the Grantham Research Institute’s structured datasets and tools, creating relevant, comprehensive, and accessible knowledge sources to facilitate evidence-based decision-making – from national legislation and policy to low-carbon investment practices.

Since 2013 She has been leading the Grantham Research Institute’s Climate Change Laws of the World project – the most comprehensive global resource on climate legislation and policy – taking it from a printed annual publication covering 33 countries to a dynamic online, open-access resource with global coverage and a wide engagement programme.

Since 2018 she has also been project managing the Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) – an investor-led initiative to support companies’ transition to a low-carbon economy. Supported by investors with over £10.3/$13.3 trillion in assets under management, TPI tracks climate governance and emissions trajectories by the highest emitting companies worldwide, to facilitate evidence-based investor engagement and investment.

After completing her PhD Michal was a British Academy post-doctoral researcher, and her research and policy work have focused on issues of global and sub-Saharan climate legislation and governance.

She is a member of the New Economy Organisers Network (NEON), and is a (non-practicing) lawyer.

Background

Michal holds a PhD from the London School of Economics. Her research explored patterns of global diffusion of climate change policies, and the contribution of global networks to advancement of policies. She also has an MA (cum laude) in Energy Policy and Management from the University of Haifa, and an LLB in Law as well as an MBA (specialising in finance) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Until 2011, Michal worked at the Samuel Neaman Institute for National Policy Research, where, among others, she served on the professional advisory board for Israel’s national greenhouse gas mitigation plan, and was involved in drafting of environmental laws and policies. Prior to that, Michal headed competitive intelligence projects for multinational companies in the private sector.

 

Policy and research interests

  • Climate legislation and governance
  • Responsible investment – facilitating transition to a low carbon economy
  • Dynamics of policy diffusion

Recent media appearances

  • TV Interview with Sky News on President Trump’s climate policy, 2 June 2019
  • TV Interview with BBC World News on the students’ climate strike Assessment, 24 May 2019
  • Radio Interview on TalkRadio on recent international and UK climate change and biodiversity reports, 14 May 2019
  • Radio Interview on TalkRadio on increased flooding risk to the UK, 12 May 2019
  • Expert interview for “Living with Coal” – short documentary on UK’s latest coal mine
  • Panel debate on ITV’s ‘Good Morning Britain’ – on student climate strike 14 February 2019
  • Radio Interview on behaviour change and climate with BBC Radio London, 1 January 2019
  • TV Interview with BBC News Channel on COP24 outcomes, 12 December 2018
  • TV Interview with BBC World News on the American National Climate Assessment, 24 November 2018

Recent events

  • Engagements at workshop on the Changing Role of the State in Climate Change Mitigation (Fridtjof Nansen Institute, Oslo, May 22-23 2019):
    • Invited Keynote
    • Roundtable on importance and design of Climate Change Acts .
  • Speaking engagements at the international climate summit (COP24, Katowice, December 2018):
    • Invited presentation on adaptation governance, side event organised by the Korean Environment Institute
    • Chair of panel on climate change acts in Climate Law and Governance day
    • Invited speaker on trends in climate legislation and litigation, UNFCCC side event
  • Invited keynote opening presentation to International Federation of the Red Cross Regional Americas summit, on climate change adaptation and disaster risk management (Video Link to San José, Costa Rica, November 2018)
  • Presentation on climate legislation and litigation at the State of Transition Summit, to investors and carbon intensive industries (London Stock Exchange, July 2018)
  • Invited talk on climate Change: International Women’s day seminar for League of Jewish Women (London, March 2019)
  • Eco-Synagogue – invited talk at a climate change event, alongside Bishop of Salisbury, head of the UK Jewish Conservative movement, and others (London, January 2019)
Research article  31 January, 2019

‘A very human business’—Transnational networking initiatives and domestic climate action

The past two decades have witnessed a proliferation of transnational networking initiatives aimed at addressing climate change. Previous work has suggested that these initiatives largely achieve their governance functions … read more »

2018

Book  30 April, 2018

National Governance The state’s role in steering polycentric action

Setzer, J., and Nachmany, M. 2018. National Governance The state’s role in steering polycentric action. In: Jordan, A., Huitema, D., van Asselt, H. & Forster, J. (eds). Governing Climate Change: … read more »

Book  1 January, 2018

Trends in climate change legislation

A deepening understanding of the importance of climate change has caused a recent and rapid increase in the number of climate change or climate-related laws. Trends in Climate Change Legislation … read more »

2017

Conference presentationPolicy publications  7 June, 2017

‘Climate Change Laws of the World’ technical presentation of the database, and trends in climate legislation

These slides were presented during the ‘Webinar | Climate Change Laws of the World – global trends in legislation and litigation’ which was held on 5 June 2017. A video … read more »

2015

Conference presentation  26 October, 2015

Climate Change Legislation in 2015

Presentation to United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Legislators Expert Meeting on Climate Change, London, 26 October 2015. Participants included legislators from 16 countries.    

2014

Policy publicationsResearch article  18 January, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study

A review of climate change legislation in 66 Countries Michal Nachmany, Sam Fankhauser, Terry Townshend, Murray Collins, Tucker Landesman, Adam Matthews, Carolina Pavese, Katharina Rietig, Philip Schleifer and Joana Setzer

2013

Research article  25 April, 2013

How national legislation can help to solve climate change

Reference Townshend, T., Fankhauser, S., Aybar, R., Collins, M., Landesman, T., Nachmany, M., and Pavese, C. April 2013. How national legislation can help to solve climate change. Nature Climate Change, v.3, pp.430-432.

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2018

Policy publications  29 October, 2018

Aligning national and international climate targets

The quantified climate change targets in countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement and those in national laws and policies are compared in this brief, a submission to the Talanoa Dialogue. read more »

Policy publications  22 October, 2018

Climate change governance in Tanzania: challenges and opportunities

The policy brief outlines the key governance challenges Tanzania faces in implementing its climate policies, describes the drivers of and barriers to climate-relevant policy processes, and concludes with policy recommendations. read more »

Policy publications  30 April, 2018

Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2018 snapshot

This brief summarises the most recent trends in climate change litigation and legislation, now with global coverage. read more »

2017

Policy publications  8 November, 2017

Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2017 snapshot

This brief summarises and updates the latest annual stocktake of trends in climate change litigation and legislation. read more »

Conference presentationPolicy publications  7 June, 2017

‘Climate Change Laws of the World’ technical presentation of the database, and trends in climate legislation

These slides were presented during the ‘Webinar | Climate Change Laws of the World – global trends in legislation and litigation’ which was held on 5 June 2017. A video … read more »

Policy publications  9 May, 2017

Global trends in climate change legislation and litigation: 2017 update

This report summarises key trends in climate change legislation and litigation. It is the sixth stock-take in a series of global Climate Legislation Studies that dates back to 2010. read more »

2016

Policy publications  14 November, 2016

The Global Climate Legislation Study - 2016 update

The Climate Legislation Study covers over 850 national laws and policies directly related to climate change mitigation and adaptation. This update covers major new executive acts and laws passed during 2016 and gives a brief overview of current trends in climate legislation. read more »

2015

Policy publications  1 July, 2015

2015 Climate Legislation Study

This report summarises the main insights from the 2015 Global Climate Legislation Study. It is the fifth edition in a series dating back to 2010 (Townshend et al., 2011). Detailed … read more »

2014

Policy publications  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 »

Policy publications  1 February, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study: a review of climate change legislation in 66 countries

Note: New and updated 2015 edition available The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study is the most comprehensive audit of climate legislation across 66 countries, together responsible for around 88% of global … read more »

Policy publicationsResearch article  18 January, 2014

The GLOBE climate legislation study

A review of climate change legislation in 66 Countries Michal Nachmany, Sam Fankhauser, Terry Townshend, Murray Collins, Tucker Landesman, Adam Matthews, Carolina Pavese, Katharina Rietig, Philip Schleifer and Joana Setzer

2013

Policy publications  20 January, 2013

The GLOBE Climate Legislation Study: a review of climate change legislation in 33 countries

Please see the updated, global, online database here. Terry Townshend, Sam Fankhauser, Rafael Aybar, Murray Collins, Tucker Landesman, Michal Nachmany and Carolina Pavese [Eds.]), third Edition – External link to … read more »

2012

Policy publications  20 June, 2012

Sunny with a chance of solar - Israel's climate change policies

Nachmany, M. 2012.  Anglo Israeli Association Publication.

2011

Policy publications  20 June, 2011

Position Paper VII: Greenhouse Gases Mitigation Plan in Israel

Ayalon O., Goldrath, T., Nachmany, M., Lev On Group, Palatnik R., Faitelson H., and Kivun Ltd. 2011. National priorities for the environment in Israel., 2011. S. Neaman Publ. 85pp (Hebrew). … read more »

2010

Policy publications  20 June, 2010

Policy recommendations towards the formulation of a national policy regarding the treatment of packaging waste in Israel

Ayalon, O., Nachmany, M., Goldrath, T., Rosenthal, G., Dorfman, I., Grossman, M., and Shechter, M. 2010. S. Neaman Publ. 109pp (Hebrew). – External link to publisher  

2009

Policy publications  20 June, 2009

Energy efficiency in local authorities in Israel

Ayalon O., Goldrath T., and Nachmany M. 2009. S. Neaman Publ. 37pp (Hebrew). – External link to publisher

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In the news  4 June, 2019

TV Interview with Sky News on President Trump's UK state visit

.@NachmanyMichal from Grantham Institute and our Spokesperson Network on the damage of Trump's climate change denial 'putting not only American lives and livelihoods at risk but also British lives and … read more »

In the news  15 May, 2019

Radio interview on the latest climate and biodiversity reports

In conversation with Julia Bradbury on Talk Radio, 14 May 2019

In the news  12 May, 2019

Radio interview on UK flood risk

In conversation with John Nicolson on Talk Radio. 12 May 2019

In the news  18 February, 2019

Living with coal - documentary

DeSmog UK, 18 February 2019

Commentary  15 February, 2019

A personal and professional perspective on the school ‘climate strike’

At 11 o’clock this morning thousands of school students in the UK walked out of their lessons to demand increased action on climate change. My 14-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter … read more »

In the news  14 February, 2019

‘Good Morning Britain’ panel debate on student school strikes

‘Good Morning Britain’, ITV. 14 February 2019

In the news  1 January, 2019

Interview about behaviour change and climate

BBC Radio London, 1 January 2019

2018

In the news  23 December, 2018

Interview on developments in climate legislation and policy (Moroccan TV)

LeVert.ma, 23 December 2018

In the news  12 December, 2018

Television interview on COP24 outcomes

BBC News channel, 12 December 2018

In the news  13 November, 2018

Television interview on US national Climate Assessment

BBC News Channel, 24 November 2018


Commentary  29 October, 2018

Quantifying ambitions: how do countries’ domestic climate change targets align with their commitments to the Paris Agreement?

To feed into the Talanoa Dialogue, the Grantham Research Institute and the World Resources Institute have been taking stock of the quantified climate targets set by different Parties to the Paris Agreement. read more »

2017


In the news  10 May, 2017

The number of laws to combat global warming has exploded in 20 years

France24, Sébastian Seibt, 10 May 2017

In the news  9 May, 2017

Stay in or leave the Paris climate deal? Lessons from Kyoto

A recent study from the Grantham Research Institute found that the mere existence of Paris had prodded dozens of countries to enact new clean-energy laws. read more »

In the news  9 May, 2017

Climate change laws exceed 1,200 worldwide, finds LSE study

Nations around the world have adopted more than 1,200 laws to curb climate change, up from about 60 two decades ago, a sign of widening efforts to limit rising temperatures, according to a new study. read more »

In the news  10 April, 2017

Paris Agreement: the United States divided, China determined (VIDEO)

Quebec Huffington Post, 10 May 2017

2016

In the news  5 April, 2016

Mary Robinson: ‘climate justice’ must play a key role in the Paris Agreement

The Conversation, 16 March

In the news  4 January, 2016

Opec faces a mortal threat from electric cars

Telegraph, 23 December


In the news  4 January, 2016

Paris leaves lot of hard work to do

Korea Times, 14 December

2015

In the news  4 December, 2015

The climate summit can deliver

The Gulf, 1 December This content is no longer available online.

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2018

Grantham Workshop 21 Mar 2018

Grantham Workshop | Michal Nachmany 'Climate change governance in Tanzania’

The speaker for this event will be Michal Nachmany.

2017

Conferences 16 Nov 2017

Advances in climate law and governance - implementing the Paris Agreement worldwide (COP23 side event)

Hosts: Centre for International Sustainable Development Law (CISDL), McGill University / University of Cambridge and the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE, with GODAN If you … read more »

Seminars 5 Jun 2017

Webinar | Climate Change Laws of the World – global trends in legislation and litigation - video

The webinar marks the launch of ‘Climate Change Laws of the World’ (formerly ‘the Global Climate Legislation Study). read more »

2014

Grantham Workshop 9 Jul 2014

GLOBE Climate legislation study

A review of climate legislation in 66 countries: findings from the 4th edition and outlook to the 5th edition read more »

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2018

Book  30 April, 2018

National Governance The state’s role in steering polycentric action

Setzer, J., and Nachmany, M. 2018. National Governance The state’s role in steering polycentric action. In: Jordan, A., Huitema, D., van Asselt, H. & Forster, J. (eds). Governing Climate Change: … read more »

Book  1 January, 2018

Trends in climate change legislation

A deepening understanding of the importance of climate change has caused a recent and rapid increase in the number of climate change or climate-related laws. Trends in Climate Change Legislation … read more »

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