Alina Averchenkova

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Co-Head, Climate Policy 

Alina joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in April 2013. She is responsible for the engagement with policy and decision makers worldwide, and research on international climate change policy.


Alina joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change from KPMG, where she was Global Director for Climate Change and Carbon. She has fourteen years of experience in climate policy and international development.

Prior to KPMG, Alina has worked for a carbon-asset manager, First Climate, in Zurich, focusing on policies related to carbon markets. Before that, as a Programme Officer at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change based in Bonn, she supported international negotiations on post-2012 climate change regime.

Her professional experience also includes work for the Environmental Defence Fund in Washington, DC, focusing on climate policy in economies in transition; for Metroeconomica Ltd on resource abundance and economic growth, and for the Bureau of Economic Analysis, on climate policy in Russia.

Alina has extensive experience in providing advisory and capacity building services to governments, UN organisations and private sector, and in facilitating interministerial and multi-stakeholder dialogues on climate change.

Alina holds a BSc in Geography from Moscow State University, and an MSc and a PhD in Economics and International Development from the University of Bath, focused on factors of effectiveness of international climate change regime. 

Research interests

  • Design of the international climate change regime;
  • Low emission development strategies in developing countries;
  • Climate finance;
  • Subnational action around low carbon and green growth.

Research articles


De Boer, Y., van Bergen, B., McKenzie, M., Averchenkova, A., Gladwin, T., McGraw, M., Lyon, T., Bunch, R. 2012. Expect the unexpected: building business value in a changing world. KPMG 2012.  




Averchenkova, A. 2011. Embarking on the low carbon journey: national mitigation actions as green growth vehicles in developing nations. KPMG 2011.




Averchenkova, A. 2010. Financing low carbon investment in developing countries: public-private partnerships for implementation of NAMAs. KPMG 2010.


Averchenkova, A. How-to guide: low emission development strategies and nationally appropriate mitigation actions: eastern Europe and CIS. UNDP.




Classen, M., Vöhringer, F., Rautanen, T., Averchenkova, A., Knoke, W. 2009. Studie schweizer emissionshandelssystem nach 2012: auswirkungen für die wirtschaft - schlussbericht first climate (schweiz) AG und econability. Im Auftrag von BAFU und SECO.


Averchenkov, A., and Averchenkova, A. September 2009. Institutional mechanisms to address the AAU reserves in a post-2012 agreement. Carbon and Climate Law Review, Issue 3.  


Lafeld, S., Schultze, N., Averchenkova, A. 2009. Success drivers of CDM project development in Africa: African case studies. UNEP FI. 


Averchenkova, A., and Ndongsok, D. May/June 2009. Financing clean development in Africa. Alternative Energy Africa.




Averchenkova A., Golub A., (eds). 2004. Reader on managing greenhouse gas emissions in Russia. Higher School of Economics (in Russian).




Averchenkova A., Golub A., Dudek D. September 2003. Opportunities for managing Russian GHG emission quota. Business and Climate: Global Change and Global Partnership (in Russian). 


Averchenkova A.A., Safonov G.V. 2003. Successful partnerships: the experience of cooperation between environmental NGOs and business. Towards Sustainable Russia, N.25 (in English and Russian). 


Averchenkova, A. 2003. Voluntary limitations of GHG emissions: initiatives of the foreign companies. International Journal "Business (in Russian).




Contributing author to "Design of the Emission Trading Scheme in Russia", Bureau of Economic Analysis, Moscow, 2002 (in Russian). 




Contributing author to the textbook on "Market-based methods of environmental management", Environmental Defense-Higher School of Economics, Russia, 2001. 


Markandya A., Averchenkova A. 2001. Reforming a large resource-rich country: the case of Russia. In: Resource Abundance and Economic Development (A.Auty [ed]). Oxford University Press, London and New York.


Markandya A. and Averchenkova, A. May 2000. Transition and reform: what effect does resource abundance have? The case of Russia. Environment and Planning B.  

Policy articles


Averchenkova A (principal author). 2010. Business guide to the climate investment funds. WBCSD.

Averchenkova, A. March 2010. The outcomes of Copenhagen: the negotiations and the accord. UNDP Environment & Energy Group climate Policy series. 




Averchenkova, A. September 2009. Financing adaptation: focusing the debate on the road to Copenhagen. Discussion paper for the informal high-level consultations on Financing Adaptation, Geneva.


Averchenkova, A., Averchenkov, A. July 2009; Hot and bothered: proposal on treatment of AAU surpluses in a post-2012 deal. Carbon Finance, v.6.


Averchenkova, A. August 2009. Post-2012 negotiations pick up speed in Bonn. First Climate Insights Newsletter.


Averchenkova, A. February 2009. Midway to Copenhagen. First Climate Insights Newsletter.


Averchenkova, A., Rautanen, T. April 2009. Mind the post 2012-gap, tackle the risk. Carbon Market Europe, v.8.


Averchenkova, A. 27–29 April 2009. Scaling-up investment for clean development: challenges and opportunities under the CDM. UNCTAD Expert meeting on trade and climate change, Geneva.


Averchenkova A. May 2009. Negotiations on Post-2012 policy get off to a slow start in 2009. First Climate Insights Newsletter.




Report "National Strategy Studies on Climate Change Program: Final Evaluation Report", NSS Program Management, World Bank, 2004 (contributing author).




Contributing author to Golub A., Zakharov V., (eds), A Social Forum on Climate Change to World Climate Change Conference: Proposals by the International Working groups of Independent Experts, Moscow, 2003 (in English and Russian).




Averchenkova A., Carey M., Petsonk A., Simons C., “Clean Development Mechanism Rules of Procedure: Standards for the Executive Board and Operational Entities”, Environmental Defense, 2002. 

Contact details

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  • Tel: +44 (0) 203 486 2817 

Alina Averchenkova