25 November - 25 November 2020

The Role of Climate Change Modelling in Corporate and Government Decision Making

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Governments and companies worldwide have a crucial role to play in mitigating climate change, with over $300 trillion of infrastructure investment estimated to be required by 2050. This represents a huge responsibility, and potentially great commercial opportunities. Detailed climate change modelling can play a critical part in assessing the impact of climate-related risks and providing a tool to support strategic decision making.

This webinar on the Role of Climate Change Modelling in Corporate and Government Decision Making will include the latest thinking on distinct perspectives. Professor Mark Howells, an expert in energy systems analysis, will present initiatives under the new Climate Compatible Growth programme to promote state-of-the-art modelling and decision-support for developing countries facing the energy transition. Oliver Rix, a partner in Baringa’s Energy and Climate Change practice, will discuss Baringa’s latest efforts in using climate change modelling to assess and mitigate climate risk and assess investment opportunities. Daniela Villalta, Advisor , Cabinet Office of the Minister of Energy and Environment, Costa Rica, brings a government perspective  on how Climate Change Modelling can inform better policy decisions.



Oliver Rix - PR - headshotOliver Rix, Baringa

Oliver is a Partner in Baringa’s Energy and Climate Change practice. He has over 25 years’ experience working with clients on risk management, policy and regulation, market and energy system modelling, and asset valuation. Oliver leads Baringa’s global transition modelling and climate change risk analytics capability, including the Climate Change Scenario Model deployed with leading asset managers, banks and insurers.

Oliver started his career at Shell, where he worked on the development of gas storage facilities in the Netherlands, before joining Caminus, a leading UK-based strategic energy consultancy. Following a period in New York working on energy trading and risk management software systems, he returned to London and co-founded Redpoint Energy in 2004, which merged with Baringa in 2012.

Oliver’s key areas of specialism include: energy markets; energy policy and regulation; market design and trading arrangements; investment valuation analysis; risk governance and policy; energy trading and risk management; the energy transition and decarbonisation pathways.

Mark HowellsMark Howells, Loughborough University

Mark Howells is jointly appointed at Loughborough University and Imperial College, London. Previously at the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden he set up their prestigious Energy Systems Analysis program. He led the development of some of the world’s premier open source energy, resource and spatial electrification planning tools; published in several Nature Journals; coordinated the European Commission’s think tank for Energy; is regularly used by the United Nations as a science-policy expert; and is a key contributor to UNDESA’s ‘Modelling Tools for Sustainable Development Policies’ initiative. His work has contributed to efforts for NASA, IRENA, ABB the World Bank and others. He sits on the advisory panels of leading US and European institutes. Prior to joining academia he has an award winning career with the International Atomic Energy Agency. Mark’s graduate and post-graduate studies were undertaken at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. While there he was an international research affiliate at Stanford’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development and represented the World Energy Council’s student program.


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