Patrick worked at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment from February 2016 until December 2019.

Background

Before joining the Grantham Research Institute, Patrick worked at Camco Clean Energy (South Africa) supporting the development of climate change and energy policy in sub-Saharan Africa. His work included conducting research and advising government departments, public sector institutions, development finance institutions and private sector organizations to provide policy recommendations and evidence to support decision making.

During his time at Camco, Patrick worked on projects ranging from supporting energy and carbon policy development for the National Treasury, Department of Environmental Affairs, and Department of Science and Technology in South Africa, to the review of renewable energy policies and the design of renewable energy procurement mechanisms in the SADC region, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia, and Uganda. Patrick has also worked at all scales of the public sector including providing support to local, national and regional bodies as well as explaining the implications to the private sector.

Patrick’s research interests lie in understanding how climate finance can be channeled to support public sector institutions and how it is used to create the enabling environment for climate change mitigation and adaption in developing countries. Patrick also has an interest around how renewable energy procurement mechanisms and carbon markets can be used to support sustainable development.

Patrick holds a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Environmental Science from Rhodes University, South Africa and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management: Public Sector Monitoring and Evaluation from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Policy - 2019

Climate change will lead to increases in the occurrence of chronic heat exposure over longer durations and there is an urgent need to focus on managing the risks this poses, as well as the immediate risks from shorter-lived heat events. This policy brief looks at the problem with a focus on developing and emerging economies, and provides recommendations for action by government, utilities, property developers and investors, development support and finance organisations. Read more

Policy - 2018

With substantial new hydropower generation planned for eastern and southern Africa, how can risks from rainfall variations and climate change be overcome to ensure reliable supply and socioeconomic development? This brief analyses the challenges and provides recommendations to policymakers, the energy sector and development partners. Read more

Coherent, cross-sectoral approaches to policy development are essential to meeting the Paris Agreement on climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals. Drawing on research from southern Africa, this brief makes recommendations for improving coherence, which is currently partial to weak across the region. Read more

Policy - 2017

Ongoing concerns about the best policies to achieve affordability have led to three reviews: of energy costs, of the Levy Control Framework, and of carbon pricing. This paper draws on research findings and empirical evidence to identify key principles and issues that should be taken into account by the Government in relation to these separate but related reviews. Read more

News - 2019

News - 2018

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