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Rodney Boyd

Former Policy Analyst and Research Advisor to Professor Stern

Rodney worked at the Grantham Research Institute from March 2014 until January 2016. He was primarily responsible for providing policy-related research assistance to Professor Stern. He was 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. Rodney left to work as a Senior Analyst on Climate Finance at Climate Policy Initiative. He is now a Policy Analyst in the OECD’s Green Finance and Investment team.

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. He returned to CPI as a Senior Analyst in Climate Finance in 2016, before moving to the OECD’s Green Finance and Investment team in the Environment Directorate in 2017.

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 produced prior to joing the Institute

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.

2015

Policy paper  30 October, 2015

Intended nationally determined contributions: what are the implications for greenhouse gas emissions in 2030?

This analysis considers whether the INDCs that were submitted by 23 October 2015 are consistent with a reasonable chance of not exceeding the 2°C warming limit. read more »

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 paper  19 August, 2015

Tracking intended nationally determined contributions: what are the implications for greenhouse gas emissions in 2030?

This paper looks at whether the intended national determined contributions (INDCs) that were submitted by 20 July 2015 are consistent with the 2°C limit. read more »

Policy report  16 June, 2015

Bridging the gap: improving the economic and policy framework for carbon capture and storage in the European Union

This policy paper outlines measures that need to be taken by EU countries in order to develop and deploy Carbon Capture and Storage technology. read more »

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

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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2015

In the news  11 December, 2015

India looks to balance emissions reductions with bringing electricity to the poor

8 December, Australia Plus

In the news  4 December, 2015

India Defends Emissions Targets as Modi Heads to Paris for Talks

Bloomberg, 30 November

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  20 August, 2015

EU calls for urgency in ‘seriously lagging’ Paris climate talks

Guardian, 20 August

Commentary  20 August, 2015

Countries are falling short of the 2°C target but Paris can unlock four keys to climate action

Policy analyst, Rodney Boyd, reflects on a recent report which showed countries were falling short in efforts to avoid dangerous climate change. read more »

In the news  19 June, 2015

EU Needs More Carbon Capture Technology, Report Says

Wall Street Journal, 16 June


Press release  16 June, 2015

European Union needs to increase investment in carbon capture and storage to meet its climate change targets

EU countries need to significantly increase investments in carbon capture and storage and show much greater urgency and determination to develop and deploy the technology according to a new report by the Institute. read more »

In the news  10 June, 2015

G7 fossil fuel pledge is a diplomatic coup for Germany's 'climate chancellor'

Persuading climate recalcitrants to sign up for phasing out fossil fuels by 2100 is a significant achievement by Angela Merkel. Article includes comment by Rodney Boyd from the Grantham Research Institute. read more »


In the news  6 May, 2015

Paris climate summit: Carbon pledges to fall short of warming goal, Stern warns

Sydney Morning Herald, 4 May

In the news  6 May, 2015

Key climate change goal may be missed

The Hill, 4 May

In the news  5 May, 2015

UN says carbon plans 'deeply inadequate'

Sky News Australia, 5 May


In the news  4 May, 2015

Carbon plans deeply inadequate: climate study warns

AFP, 4 May

In the news  4 May, 2015

Réchauffement climatique: les engagements actuels ne suffiront pas

L’Express, 4 May

United Nations
In the news  4 May, 2015

Britische Forscher: UN-Klimaschutzziele sind gefährdet

Yahoo News Germany, 4 May


In the news  4 May, 2015

Emissions pledges 'are not enough'

Daily Mail, 4 May


In the news  4 May, 2015

Current carbon pledges won't stop dangerous global warming, says Lord Stern

Commitments already made by world governments to cut carbon emissions aren’t enough to keep global warming below the crucial 2C target – but a strong deal is still possible in Paris, says economist read more »

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2015

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

This event launches a new report by the Institute, in partnership with the Grantham Institute at Imperial College, on carbon capture and storage (CCS) and features a panel discussion on how CCS can be accelerated in the EU in the next 5 to 10 years. 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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