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Title: U.S. Centre Director
Expertise: energy and international climate change policy
Michael became director of the U.S. Centre in January 2015. He is also a Senior Scientist, based in the Seattle office.
His research focuses on energy and international climate change policy, as well as on state and local energy and climate policy within the U.S. As part of this work, he designed and is co-leading an SEI research initiative on fossil fuel development and climate change.
In September 2013, he was appointed co-leader of the Reducing Climate Risk theme.
Michael has more than 20 years of professional experience in energy and environmental analysis and capacity building. He has worked throughout North America, Africa, Asia, Latin America, and Europe with support from government agencies, development banks, foundations, utilities, and non-profit groups.
From 2002 to 2007, he was a member of the Methodologies Panel of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the project-based emission reduction trading program of the Kyoto Protocol. During the 2005-2006 academic year, he was a visiting researcher at the Energy Policy and Economics Institute at the University of Grenoble, France.
Michael has an M.S. in energy and resources from the University of California–Berkeley.
Fossil Fuel Supply, Green Growth, and Unburnable Carbon (Discussion brief - 2014)
Addressing the risk of double counting emission reductions under the UNFCCC (Working paper - 2014)
Single-year mitigation targets: Uncharted territory for emissions trading and unit transfers (Working paper - 2014)
SEI Research Synthesis: Climate finance and carbon markets (Other publications - 2014)
SEI Research Synthesis: Climate change mitigation and bioenergy (Other publications - 2014)
Net climate change mitigation of the Clean Development Mechanism (Journal article - 2014)
Impact of the Keystone XL pipeline on global oil markets and greenhouse gas emissions (Journal article - 2014)
Estimating international mitigation finance needs: A top-down perspective (Discussion brief - 2014)
Strategies for Development of Green Energy Systems in Mongolia (Report - 2014)