Fergus Green

Policy Analyst and Research Adviser to Professor Stern

Fergus joined the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment in January 2014. He is primarily responsible for providing academic and policy-related research assistance to Professor Stern. He is also a Policy Analyst within the Institute’s policy team, working on projects relating to green growth, climate ethics and other aspects of climate change mitigation.

Background

Fergus began his career as a lawyer in the Melbourne office of Australasian firm Allens Arthur Robinson (now Allens-Linklaters) from February 2009 to June 2012, where he specialised in climate change, energy, water and environmental regulation. During this period, Fergus also engaged in Australia’s climate and energy policy debate as an independent commentator, writing for Australia’s Lowy Institute for International Policy and for a wide range of print and online media. He was a Fellow (2010), Director and Chairman (2011–12) of the not-for profit Centre for Sustainability Leadership.

Fergus moved to London in September 2012 to undertake graduate study after receiving a Sir John Monash Scholarship. He completed an MSc in Philosophy & Public Policy with distinction at the LSE, receiving the Andrea Mannu Prize. He also holds a BA (Political Science) and a Bachelor of Laws with first class honours from the University of Melbourne.

In 2013 Fergus was a research assistant in the LSE’s Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method and he teaches Global Energy & Climate Policy to masters students in the Centre for International Studies & Diplomacy at SOAS.

Research Interests

  • Global climate governance;
  • Domestic policies for climate mitigation;
  • Ideal vs non-ideal (first vs second best) approaches to climate policy;
  • The regulation of fossil fuels / "Unburnable Carbon";
  • Various topics in political theory, ethics, and the philosophy of economics and public policy:
    • Climate change ethics;
    • The ethics of policy transition (compensation, exemptions, grandfathering);
    • Liberal vs non-liberal and welfarist vs non-welfarist approaches to climate change;
    • Republican political theory, citizenship and democracy;
    • Social/political norms.

Media Articles

2013

Coalition of the Unenlightened could Repeal the Carbon Tax in 2014’|. Fergus Green, Inside Story, 11 September 2013.

‘The Abbott Ascendancy: Implications for International Climate Policy’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 10 September 2013.

‘Rudd Should Scrap, Not Hasten, EU Carbon Linkage’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 12 July 2013.

‘Europe, Australia and the Slow Death of Carbon Trading’|. Fergus Green, Inside Story, 22 May 2013.

‘Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way’. Fergus Green, WME Magazine, June 2013, pp. 19–20.

‘Treaties, Targets & Trading: Australia’s Flawed Climate Policy’. Fergus Green, The Week, 16-22 March 2012, pp. 36–37.


2012

‘Climate Policy and Our Sphere of Influence’|. Fergus Green, Inside Story, 2 August 2012.

‘How Australia Can Lead on Climate Change’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 25 July 2012 (republished in Business Spectator).

‘Why Australia Must Lead on Climate Change’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 24 July 2012 (republished in Business Spectator).

‘Australia has Power to Lead World to Zero Carbon Prosperity’|. Fergus Green and Reuben Finighan, Renew Economy, 23 July 2012.

‘Australia’s Carbon Pricing Scheme Begins’|. Fergus Green, Reuters PointCarbon: Carbon Market Australia-New Zealand, 6 July 2012, p. 6.

‘Denying Responsibility for our Fossil Fuel Exports’|. Fergus Green and Reuben Finighan, ABC The Drum, 21 June 2012.

‘Don’t Mention the Floor’|. Fergus Green, Inside Story, 14 June 2012.

‘ACT Shines as States Retreat on Climate’|. Fergus Green, Canberra Times (Opinion), 2 June 2012.

‘Not So Fast to the Green Scheme Graveyard’|. Fergus Green, Inside Story, 30 April 2012.

‘Why Clive’s Carbon Challenge Should Fail’|. Fergus Green, Climate Spectator, 28 March 2012 (Syndicated to Business Spectator).

‘Time to move beyond Treaties, Targets and Trading’| (Part 2). Fergus Green, Inside Story, 6 March 2012.

‘The Failure of “Treaties, Targets and Trading” and the Future of Australian Climate Policy’| (Part 1). Fergus Green, Inside Story, 2 February 2012 (syndicated to Crikey).


2011

‘Pole-Vaulting to a Global Climate Treaty’|. Fergus Green and Greg Picker, ABC Unleashed, 16 December 2011.

‘Now for the Real Climate Action’|. Fergus Green, Inside Story, Print Edition #7 (December 2011) p.5; Online Edition, 9 December 2011.

‘“Kerrigan Clause” may be No Bar to Abbott’s Pledge’|. Fergus Green, Inside Story, 20 October 2011 (republished in The Canberra Times on 22 October).

‘Abbott’s Gory Pledge would be a Legal Bloodbath’|. Fergus Green, Crikey, 13 October 2011.

‘Ghosts of Politicians Past’|. Fergus Green, Inside Story, Print Edition #6 (October–November 2011) p.3; Online Edition, 3 October 2011 (syndicated to Crikey and Climate Spectator).

‘A Clean Energy Future for Whom?’|. Fergus Green, Inside Story, 13 July 2011 (syndicated to Crikey).

“Nowhere to Hide”. Fergus Green, Lawyers Weekly, Issue 540, 1 July 2011, pp. 14–15.
 
‘Garnaut Still Distracted by the Search for the Holy Grail’|. Fergus Green, Crikey, 9 June 2011.

‘Who Flicks the Switch?’|. Grant Anderson and Fergus Green, Climate Spectator, 6 June 2011.

‘Will the Price be Right?’.| Fergus Green, Inside Story, 25 February 2011 (syndicated to Climate Spectator).

2010

‘A Very Cancún Christmas’|. Greg Picker and Fergus Green, Climate Spectator, 21 December 2010.

‘Global Climate Talks Still Need Major Surgery’|. Fergus Green and Greg Picker, ABC The Drum, 17 December 2010.

‘Cancún’s Cultural Crawl’|. Fergus Green and Greg Picker, Climate Spectator, 9 December 2010.

‘Change in Climate for Copenhagen II’|. Fergus Green and Greg Picker, The Australian (The World, Opinion), 29 November 2010.

‘Cancun: Same Game, New Rules’|. Greg Picker and Fergus Green, Climate Spectator, 26 November 2010.

‘Moving Forward, Standing Up, Stepping Backwards’|. Fergus Green, ABC Unleashed, 18 August 2010.

‘Moran, Morality and Climate Change’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 12 July 2010.

‘Gillard’s Crisis in Global Climate Policy’. Fergus Green, Warwick McKibbin and Greg Picker, Australian Financial Review (Opinion), 7 July 2010 (Link to external PDF|).

‘The Refossilisation of Australian Climate Policy’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 3 May 2010.

‘Long-Term Fortune Favours the Brave on Climate Change’.| Fergus Green and Greg Picker, The Age / National Times (Opinion), 29 April 2010.

The “Climate Conversation” Defined’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 12 February 2010.

‘The “Climate Conversation” after Copenhagen’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 10 February 2010.

2009

‘UN Gets in the Way on Climate’|. Fergus Green and Greg Picker, ABC Unleashed, 23 December 2009.

‘Copenhagen: The Indians at the Airport’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 22 December 2009.

‘Target’s Set for Rudd’s Self-Implosion’. Fergus Green and Greg Picker, Australian Financial Review (Opinion), 21 December 2009.

‘Last Stand in Copenhagen: Rudd Says Nothing Much’|. Fergus Green, ABC Unleashed, 18 December 2009.

‘Copenhagen: Not a Treaty, But a Conversation’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 18 December 2009.

‘Half Time in Copenhagen’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 14 December 2009.

‘Passion and Banality: Copenhagen Kicks Off’.| Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 8 December 2009.

‘Talks Should at Least be a Big Step on the Way’|. Fergus Green and Michael Fullilove, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 December 2009.

‘Illegal, Immoral and Plain Wrong to Write Off Our Emissions’|. Fergus Green and Greg Picker, The Age (Opinion), 30 November 2009.

‘Consensus an Illusory Objective’|. Fergus Green and Greg Picker, The Australian (The World, Opinion), 25 November 2009.

‘Political Pollution Reduction Scheme’|. Fergus Green and Greg Picker, Australian Financial Review (Opinion), 11 November 2009.

‘Rudd’s Snow Job on Climate’| (Analysis of the PM’s Lowy Speech Part II). Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 10 November 2009.

‘Rudd’s Climate Speech: All “Action”, No Substance’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 9 November 2009.

‘New Climate Policy Not the Change We Need’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 11 May 2009.

‘Clinton in China: Climate Change Goes Mainstream’|. Fergus Green, The Interpreter (Blog of the Lowy Institute), 24 February 2009.

Policy Articles

2014

Bassi, S., Fankhauser, S., Green, F., and Nachmany, M. March 2014. Walking alone? How the UK's carbon targets compare with its competitors'. Policy paper, Grantham Research Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, London, UK. Download PDF of paper| (PDF, 832KB)

2012

Green, F. and Finighan, R. Laggard to Leader. How Australia Can Lead the World to Zero Carbon Prosperity. Beyond Zero Emissions, Melbourne, Australia. (External link to PDF)| 

2011

Schulz, C. and Green, F. Draft Murray-Darling Basin Plan Released. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, 1 December 2011. (External link to article)|

Anderson, G. and Green, F. Carbon Price Scheme becomes Law – What to Do Next. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, 11 November 2011. (External link to article)|

Anderson, G. and Green, F. Carbon Pricing Scheme. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, 12 July 2011. (External link to article)

|Collyer, A. and Green, F. New Environmental Water Holder. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, July 2011. (External link to article)|

Anderson, G. and Green, F. Garnaut Releases Final Report on Carbon Price Scheme. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, June 2011. (External link to article)|

Collyer, A. and Green, F. Not-so-dramatic SENEs – Draft Rule on Scale-Efficient Network Extensions Released. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, May 2011. Republished in EcoGeneration Magazine, July/August 2011. (External link to article)|

Anderson, G. and Green, F. Government Announces ‘Broad Architecture’ for New Carbon Price. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, 1 March 2011. (External link to article)|

2010

Anderson, G. and Green, F. Modest Progress in Cancun Climate Talks. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, December 2010. (External link to article)|

Schulz, C., Axup, K. and Green, F. Murray-Darling Basin Plan Guide Released. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, October 2010. (External link to article)|

Green, F., McKibbin, W. and Picker, G. Confronting the Crisis of International Climate Policy: Rethinking the Framework for Cutting Emissions. Policy Brief, Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, Australia, July 2010. (External link to article)
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Anderson, G. and Green, F. CPRS Delay Turns Out the Lights on Climate Policy. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, April 2010. (External link to article)|

2009

Anderson, G. and Green, F. Copenhagen – A (Small) Step Forward. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, 23 December 2009. Republished in Australian Environment Review (2010) Vol. 25, No. 1 & 2, pp. 24–27. (External link to article|)

Green, F. and Picker, G. Comprehending Copenhagen: A Guide to the International Climate Change Negotiations. Policy Analysis, Lowy Institute for International Policy, Sydney, Australia, November 2009. (External link to full article)|

Anderson, G. and Green, F. One Hat Does Not Fit All – Climate Change Policies in the Asia-Pacific Region. Special Report, Allens, Australia, November 2009. (External link to PDF)|

Anderson, G. and Green, F. Senate Standing Committees Report on CPRS Legislation and US Greenhouse Legislation Passes House. Legal Analysis Brief, Allens, Australia, July 2009. (External link to article)|

Research Articles

2013

Green, F. ‘Climate Change and the Dangers of Ideal Theory’. Presentation at “Ideals & Reality in Social Ethics” Conference, Newport, Wales, 20 March 2013.

2011

Green, F. ‘Carbon Compensation in the Resources and Energy Sectors’ (2011) AMPLA Yearbook, pp. 468–489 [Yearbook of the Australian Resources and Energy Law Association].

Green, F. ‘How Strong is the Abbott-Proof Fence? Legal Protections in the Carbon Pricing Scheme’. Presentation to Centre for Energy & Environmental Markets Annual Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, 16 December 2011.

2008

Green, F. ‘Fragmentation in Two Dimensions: The ICJ’s Flawed Approach to Non-State Actors and International Legal Personality’ (2008) 9 Melbourne Journal of International Law, pp. 47–77. (External link to PDF)|

 

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