- OBE, Director of the Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London, UK
Paul Ekins has a Ph.D. in economics from the University of London and is Professor of Resources and Environmental Policy, and Director of the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London. He is also Deputy Director of the UK Energy Research Centre, in charge of its Resources and Vectors theme and also leads UCL’s involvement in large research consortia on Hydrogen and Bioenergy. He was a member of the Expert Panel of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment, and from 2002-2008 he was a Member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution. He also has extensive experience consulting for business, government and international organisations. In 2012-14 Paul Ekins was the Chair of the UCL Green Economy Policy Commission, which published the report ‘Greening the Recovery’.
Paul Ekins’ academic work focuses on the conditions and policies for achieving an environmentally sustainable economy. He is the author of numerous papers, book-chapters and articles in a wide range of journals, and has written or edited twelve books, including Global Warming and Energy Demand (Routledge, 1995) and Economic Growth and Environmental Sustainability: the Prospects for Green Growth (Routledge, London, 2000). Since 2008 he has edited or co-edited several books on energy including Carbon-Energy Taxation: Lessons from Europe (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009), Hydrogen Energy: Economic and Social Challenges (Earthscan, London, 2010), Energy 2050: the Transition to a Secure, Low-Carbon Energy System for the UK (Earthscan, London, 2011); and Global Energy: Issues, Potentials and Policy Implications (Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015 forthcoming).
In 1994 Paul Ekins received a Global 500 Award ‘for outstanding environmental achievement’ from the United Nations Environment Programme. In the UK New Year’s Honours List for 2015 he received an OBE for services to environmental policy.