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Nick leads the Lower Carbon Futures Programme at the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford, and is a Jackson Senior Research Fellow at Oriel College, Oxford. He teaches on the University of Oxford MSc programme on Environmental Change and Management. He is a co-Director in the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) leading it work on decision making; and a co-investigator in the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) leading its work on energy demand.
Nick is a member of Ofgem’s Sustainable Development Advisory Group, a Fellow of the Energy Institute and a member of the Energy Policy Panel of the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Previously he worked at the Energy Saving Trust from 1999 to 2007 as Director of Strategy. In 2001, Nick was seconded to the Cabinet Office, Performance and Innovation Unit, where he was a co-author of the UK Government’s Review of Energy Policy, leading its work on energy efficiency and energy scenarios.
Nick has worked on energy, environment and climate issues for 30 years and was a lead author of the Chapter on ‘Buildings’ in the Fifth Assessment Mitigation Report of the IPCC. He authored the first report on delivery of the Government’s 2010 20% carbon emission reduction target and the European Commission report used as the basis for the UK Government’s first estimate of the social cost of carbon.