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  • Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, University of Leeds

John Barrett is Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at University of Leeds, UK. He joined the Sustainability Research Institute (SRI) in February 2011 and is a Chair in Energy and Climate Policy.

His research interests include Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) modelling, carbon accounting and exploring the transition to a low carbon pathway. He has extensive knowledge of the use of Multi-Regional Environmental Input-Output modelling, in understanding the effectiveness of strategies and policies to deliver a low carbon economy.

John’s research is predominately funded by the UK Government (Defra) and the UK Energy Research Centre. These key areas of research have involved the building of global trade models to understand the embedded carbon emissions in goods and services and estimating the upstream carbon emissions from emerging energy technologies. The techniques that he developed as part of his research are now used by numerous government departments to understand the consumer emissions of the UK as well as the carbon emissions embedded in products.

John is one of the lead advisers to Defra in relation to the development of PAS2050 and was commissioned by Defra to lead on understanding the carbon footprint of trade. He was also selected as a lead author for the IPCC 5th Assessment for Working Group III. He has appeared regularly on Radio 4 news and discussion programmes, and has written numerous policy reports on SCP issues for a wide range of audiences.