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.
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.
- 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 joining 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.
Policy - 2015
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
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
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
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
Headline issue Countries agreed at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP20) in Lima, Peru, in December... Read more
Policy - 2014
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
Events - 2015
Report Launch (London) | Bridging the gap: improving the economic and policy framework for carbon capture and storage in the European UnionEvent Type: Policy Seminars
Report Launch (Brussels) | Bridging the gap: improving the economic and policy framework for carbon, capture and storage in the European UnionEvent Type: Policy Seminars
News - 2015
8 December, Australia Plus Read more
Bloomberg, 30 November Content only available to subscribers Read more
Xinhua, 1 September Read more
31 August, Estado de Minas Read more
Guardian, 20 August Read more
Policy analyst, Rodney Boyd, reflects on a recent report which showed countries were falling short in efforts to avoid dangerous climate change. Read more
Wall Street Journal, 16 June Read more
Telecinco, 16 June Read more
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
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
Washington Post, 8 May Read more
Sydney Morning Herald, 4 May Read more
Sky News Australia, 5 May This content is no longer available online. Read more
The Sydney Morning Herald, 5 May 2015 Read more
Yahoo News Germany, 4 May Read more
Washington Post, 4 May Read more
The Independent, 4 May Read more
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