Isabella worked at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment from September 2015 until August 2019. She was primarily responsible for providing policy-related research assistance to Professor Stern. She was also a Policy Analyst within the Institute’s policy team, working on projects relating to international climate cooperation and other climate policy relevant topics.
Isabella has been involved in the energy and climate change sector since 2009, working on climate policy, energy efficiency and green growth. She has several years’ experience in applied policy research and evaluation, working on UK government, industry and European Commission projects.
Her expertise includes: governance and economics of climate change; public and private financing of low-carbon technologies; market development; and understanding how consumers engage with energy technologies. She is familiar with energy supply chains and a variety of energy technologies and business models to aid deployment and uptake across domestic households.
Prior to joining the Grantham Research Institute, she worked for global policy consulting firm ICF International in their climate policy team where she advised the UK government and European Commission on energy and climate policy. Here, she helped i.e. evaluate the UK’s Green Deal scheme, a multi-million programme to incentivise take-up of energy efficiency measures in households, provided research and analysis on assessing the effectiveness of the European Emissions Trading Scheme and options to reform it, European and global climate and energy policy developments until 2030 as well as competitiveness and employment impacts of energy efficiency and renewable investments.
Her professional experience also includes work for the Smart Cities Energy Group at Hitachi Europe, the German Development Agency (GIZ) on reducing emissions from land-transport in developing countries, research work for The Energy and Resources Institute in New Delhi, India.
Isabella holds an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BA in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin, Germany.
- Clean development, especially in developing and transitioning economies
- Shifting from carbon lock-in in industry and economy to clean ways of consuming and producing
- Design of effective and efficient climate policy instruments
Publications produced prior to joining the Institute
Study on the competitiveness of the EU Renewable Energy industry
Lonsdale, J., Neuweg, I., Naran, S. European Commission, 2014.
Review of data and methodologies used in the calculation of UK emissions from F-Gases
Mathis, P., Scarbrough, T., Knoell, K., Acharya, B., Harris, D., Wagner, M., and Neuweg, I.
Final Report to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. ICF International, 2014.
Financing the energy renovation of buildings with Cohesion Policy funding
Paulou, J., Lonsdale, J., Jamieson, M., Neuweg, I., Trucco, P., Maio, P., Blom, M., Warringa, G., Final Report to the European Commission DG Energy, 2014.
Formulating NAMAs in the Transport Sector – Kick-Starting Action
Dalkmann, H., Bongardt, D., Sakamoto, K., Neuweg, I. and Avery, K. Global Transport Knowledge Partnership, 2010.
Policy - 2019
Isabella Neuweg and Nick Stern describe the systemic reforms that could foster the investments in physical, human, natural and social capital that will drive forward China’s new era of high-quality, sustainable and inclusive growth and development. At the same time China can provide great support for its partner countries in the Belt and Road as they seek sustainable and inclusive development. Read more
Policy - 2018
This paper argues that China’s agenda of internal reform towards strong, clean and inclusive growth is heavily linked to its actions in its major trading partner countries, especially those associated with the Belt and Road Initiative. Read more
This paper responds to a question on overcoming potential barriers to the uptake of recoverable heat technologies in industry in the UK Government's call for evidence on the Industrial Heat Recovery Support programme. Read more
Policy - 2017
This is a submission in response to a call for evidence on the reform of the Green Deal framework. The Green Deal was the UK’s flagship programme to improve energy efficiency of the building stock. Read more
A previous draft of this report was published as a background paper submission to the China Development Forum 2017. An... Read more
Headline issue China is taking an active leadership role in a new global agenda that has sustainable infrastructure at its... Read more
Policy - 2016
This report assesses the domestic constraints and opportunities for the development of climate policy in China, the EU and the US. Read more
News - 2019
A team of economists and sustainability researchers answers the key questions around CO2 tax, emissions trading and other forms of carbon pricing. Read more
Simon Dietz, Tobias Kruse, Isabella Neuweg and Lutz Sager argue that Germany should set out a clear plan for a stronger carbon price as an effective route for reducing greenhouse gas emissions that can also improve the circumstances of lower-income households. Read more
News - 2018
Identifying progress within the annual round of international climate negotiations can be a challenging business. The sessions of the Conference... Read more
China has been steadily intensifying its economic and strategic relations with developing countries in recent years. Through deepening trade ties,... Read more
News - 2016
In many respects the United States presidential election of 2016 could be decisive for the US, and the world, not... Read more