Join Amanda in this fascinating “eco-nomics” discussion with guests Professor Michael Grubb and Dr Alex Köberle. We explore what choices and opportunities there may be to build a greener economy once the current world health crisis is over. What will the lasting impacts be on global markets and are we likely to see disruptive models emerging which will help drive us towards a more sustainable model for businesses?
Dr Alexandre Köberle is a Research Fellow at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London. His research focuses on long-term scenarios of socio-environmental change, with special focus on the energy-land-climate nexus to assess potential trade-offs and synergies for concurrent achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His interdisciplinary work uses energy systems and land use models at national, regional and global scales to investigate potential interlinkages between multiple policy objectives spanning energy use, climate action, agriculture, and nature conservation.
Before joining Imperial College, Dr Köberle was at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and he continues participation in projects begun there, including the ongoing CD-LINKS and COMMIT international projects. At Imperial, he is currently adding to the development of the TIAM-Grantham model through the implementation of the agricultural and land use sectors to better represent land-energy interactions. Dr Köberle is a Lead Author in UNEP’s 6th Global Environment Outlook (GEO6), a Contributing Author on UNEP’s Gap Report, and a Lead Author for the IPCC’s 6th Assessment Report.
Dr Köberle is a co-investigator in Paris Reinforce, a Horizon 2020 project involving a consortium of European and international institutions looking at low-carbon pathways to meet Paris Agreement goals through the use of models and stakeholder engagement. At Grantham and CCFI, Dr Köberle leads research on development of climate-financial scenarios to inform the financial sectors on climate-related risks and opportunities. His research has been used to support climate policy implementation in Brazil, the design of scenarios for the Bank of England, and the Network for Greening the Financial System (NGFS).
Prof Michael Grubb is Professor of Energy and Climate Change at University College London (Institute of Sustainable Resources & Energy Institute), and Research Director for ISR. From 2011-2016, alongside academic roles, he worked half-time at the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (the energy regulator, Ofgem) as Senior Advisor, initially on Sustainable Energy Policy, and subsequently Improving Regulation; from Autumn 2016 Michael moved to Chair the UK government’s IPCC Sixth Assessment (Mitigation Report), and as Leader for the Sustainability hub of the UK Research Council’s programme on Rebuilding Macroeconomics.
Author of eight books, sixty journal research articles, and numerous other publications. The book Planetary Economics: energy, climate change and the Three Domains of Sustainable Development (Routledge 2014), brought together insights from 25 years of research and implementation of energy and climate policies.