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ACCoUnTAnCY fUTURES: CARBon ACCoUnTInG movERS AnD SHAKERS ACCoUnTAnCY fUTURES: CARBon ACCoUnTInG movERS AnD SHAKERS The guestsclimate wanted to gather current you ask? movers and shakers in the If you change field, who would and future We have compiled a potential guestlist DR RICHARD BETTS Yvo DE BoER Dr Richard Betts leads the climate impacts A passionate advocate for climate change, during research team in the Met Office Hadley Centre the 200-nation Bali conference to cut carbon and is one of the Met Office’s main spokesmen emission, Yvo de Boer broke down in tears on the science of climate change. He has while warning delegates that failure to reach an worked as a climate change modeller for 15 agreement on global warming could ‘plunge years and pioneered a number of key scientific the world into conflict’. Executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Richard Betts was the official Climate Change (UNFCCC) since August 2006, he has a key role in promoting sustainable scientific adviser for Live Earth UK development and implementation of the Kyoto Protocol. The UNFCCC sets an overall framework developments in the climate change field. He for intergovernmental efforts to tackle the has published numerous scientific papers, and challenge posed by climate change. Before is a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel joining the UNFCCC, de Boer was director for on Climate Change’s Fourth Assessment Report. international affairs for the Netherlands’ Ministry In 2007 he was the official scientific adviser for of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment. Live Earth UK, a worldwide musical event organ- He has been involved in climate change policies ised to raise awareness of climate change, since 1994, including helping to prepare the Carbon catalysts where he shared the stage with Madonna and Genesis. Betts was also an award-winning lead author on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment Pankaj Bhatia is a leading expert – the authors shared the Zayed Environment on GHG Protocol standards and tools If climate change campaigner Al Gore and expert Lord Stern wanted to host a Prize with Kofi Annan, former secretary-general ‘carbon dinner party’ of leading lights, who would they invite? of the UN. EU’s position in the lead up to negotiations on the Kyoto Protocol. De Boer knows the politics I PAnKAj BHATIA of international climate negotiations inside out. n planning such a fantasy event, the two or who have the potential to do so. The result Pankaj Bhatia is the director of the GHG men would be in good company. In May was a long list of names, but 13 people were Protocol Initiative workstream within the World DR IAn BURTon 2009, 20 Nobel laureates and 40 other nominated numerous times. Resources Institute’s Climate, Energy, and Pollu- Dr Ian Burton is scientist emeritus with the scientists gathered together in London One notable feature of the guest list is that tion Program. He is an expert on GHG Protocol Adaptation and Impacts Research Group of for a symposium held under Prince Charles’ it contains five individuals linked to the Inter- the Meteorological Service of Canada and an patronage. Their purpose was to discuss the connections between global warming and other governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which was set up by the World Meteorological Yvo de Boer broke down in tears adjunct professor with the Institute for Environ- mental Studies at the University of Toronto. A urgent environmental, economic and develop- Organisation and the United Nations Environ- while warning delegates in Bali lead author of IPCC reports, Burton is a pioneer ment challenges facing the world. Attendees ment Programme in 1988. In fact, many of the in climate change adaptation – initiatives to included many famous names, including Lord other individuals involved with the IPCC could standards and tools, particularly in the area of reduce the vulnerability of natural and human Stern and long-time environmental campaigner have been included in the list, reflecting the corporate GHG accounting and reporting. He systems against climate change effects. In 2003 Jonathon Porritt, as well as numerous scientists panel’s high-profile role as assessor of the latest oversees the development of GHG Protocol he was the first winner of what is now known well-known in their fields but perhaps not in the scientific, technical and socio-economic litera- product lifecycle and supply chain inventory as the Burtoni Award, given in recognition of ‘outside world’. ture related to climate change. accounting standards and is responsible for outstanding contributions to climate change For our imaginary carbon dinner party, we have The final list was hard to whittle down. In fact, establishing GHG Protocol programmes in adaptation science and policy. He has advised named Gore and Stern as the hosts, due to their Gore (pictured top left) and Lord Stern (bottom collaboration with businesses and governments many Canadian and international organisations. prominence in the field. We have sought guests left) would need to hold multiple dinner parties in developing countries. He also advises on the who are currently influencing and advancing global developments to counter climate change if they wanted to meet all the current – and future – movers and shakers in the climate design of emission registries in the US and internationally. He has degrees in process and Ian Burton is an IPCC lead author and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, change field. chemical engineering. and a pioneer in climate change adaptation PG34 EDITIon 01 PG35 EDITIon 01 ACCoUnTAnCY fUTURES: CARBon ACCoUnTInG movERS AnD SHAKERS ACCoUnTAnCY fUTURES: CARBon ACCoUnTInG movERS AnD SHAKERS The final list was hard to whittle down. GEoRGE monBIoT A journalist, columnist for The Guardian, academ- power, energy, water resources, transport, environment, disasters and IT. He has warned In fact, Gore and Lord Stern would need to hold multiple dinner parties if ic and environmental and political activist, that unless governments act quickly to curb George Monbiot has written that climate change GHG emissions, climate change may lead they wanted to meet all the current – and future – movers and shakers in is the ‘moral question of the 21st century’. He to a ‘fortress world’ in which the rich lock the climate change field has called for radical action, including issuing themselves away in gated communities while the poor fend for themselves. KEvIn ConRAD aesthetics, sustainability, social justice and George monbiot was shot at, DR RAjEnDRA PACHAURI As chair of the IPCC since 2002, economist Dr Kevin Conrad is special envoy and ambassador the business bottom line for corporations amid shipwrecked and stung into a coma Rajendra Pachauri is an influential figure in the for environment and climate change for Papua changing world conditions. climate change arena. He is also the director- New Guinea and executive director for the every citizen with a personal carbon ration. He general of the Energy and Resources Institute Coalition for Rainforest Nations, an intergovern- mICHAEL GILLEnWATER is the author of several books, including Heat: in New Delhi, which is devoted to researching mental initiative to facilitate environmentally Michael Gillenwater has worked on GHG How to Stop the Planet Burning. He also has a list and promoting sustainable development. In sustainable economic growth. He is a leading emissions and climate change policy since of the top 10 people who deny climate change. January 2008 he was awarded the second- 1995. He is founder and executive director In 1995, Nelson Mandela presented him with a highest civilian award in India, the Padma Kevin Conrad faced down US of the Greenhouse Gas Experts Network and also co-founder and dean of the Greenhouse UN Global 500 Award for outstanding environ- mental achievement. During seven years of Vibhushan, and in December 2007 he accepted objections at a Un climate treaty talk Gas Management Initiative. Both are non-profit organisations focused on training a community worldwide investigations, he has been shot at, beaten up by police, shipwrecked and stung into jennifer morgan advised the figure behind global efforts to reduce rates of experts on the measuring, accounting for a coma by hornets. German government and former UK Pm of deforestation. At the 2007 UN Climate and managing of GHG emissions. Gillenwater is Change Conference in Bali, Conrad successfully actively engaged in the work of the UNFCCC and jEnnIfER moRGAn the Nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC, challenged the US to drop its objection to plans lead author of several reports published by the Jennifer Morgan recently joined the World along with co-recipient Al Gore. He holds PhDs for a post-2012 climate treaty – an achievement IPCC. He co-developed the US Greenhouse Gas Resources Institute as director of its climate in both economics and industrial engineering. described by Time magazine as ‘a classic David Inventory Program within the US Environmental and energy programme. She moved there from versus Goliath moment’. Conrad faced down US Protection Agency. E3G where she spent three years as director PRofESSoR RoBERT SoCoLoW objections at a UN climate treaty talk in 2008 of its climate change programme. During this Robert Socolow is professor of mechanical and when he said: ‘I would ask the US, we ask for Paul Dickinson has written a aerospace engineering at Princeton University your leadership. But if for some reason you’re not willing to lead, leave it to the rest of us. book called Beautiful Corporations mohan munasinghe warned and is known for his views on the technology of climate solutions. His current research Please get out of the way.’ that change may lead to a ‘fortress world’ focuses on global carbon management and fossil-carbon sequestration. Socolow is also PAUL DICKInSon DR jAmES HAnSEn co-director of Princeton’s Carbon Mitigation Dickinson aims to build stronger and more Head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space time, she was key adviser to the German govern- Initiative, a 15-year research project supported sustainable markets that guard against abrupt Studies in New York, Hansen is best known for ment and advised former UK prime minister by oil company BP and car maker Ford. Under and irreversible climate change. He is CEO of his research in the field of climatology, including Tony Blair on his Breaking the Climate Deadlock the CMI, Princeton has launched new research the Carbon Disclosure Project, a not-for-profit analysis of current climate trends and projections project. Before joining E3G, Morgan led the into environmental science, energy technology body formed in 2000 and which now holds the of man’s impact on climate. He has also noted global climate change programme of the World and geological engineering. Socolow is co-author that the effect of GHG emissions on climate is Wide Fund for Nature, heading its delegation to (with ecologist Stephen Pacala) of Stabilization michael Gillenwater determined by accumulated emissions over the lifetime of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere the Kyoto negotiations. She has also served on the Climate Action Network board. Rajendra Pachauri accepted co-founded the US GHG Inventory Program – by which measure the UK is still the largest single cause of climate change. No stranger PRofESSoR moHAn mUnASInGHE the nobel Peace Prize on behalf of the IPCC world’s largest database of climate change to controversy, he called for the CEOs of large Sri Lanka-born academic Professor Mohan information. Data is gathered annually from fossil fuel companies, including ExxonMobil Munasinghe is vice chairman of the IPCC Wedges: Solving the Climate Problem for the Next companies on behalf of about 475 institutional and Peabody Coal, to be put on trial for crimes and director-general of the University of 50 Years with Current Technologies. He has a PhD investors with assets under management of against humanity, accusing them of spreading Manchester’s Sustainable Consumption Insti- in theoretical high-energy physics from Harvard US$55 (£30) trillion. Dickinson is also chair of doubt about global warming. He has also noted tute. He is the author of more than 90 books University. videoconference booking service, Eyenetwork, that the effect of GHG emissions is determined and 300 technical papers on economics, and a member of the Environmental Research by accumulated transmissions over their lifetime. sustainable development, climate change, Many thanks to individuals at the Carbon Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Disclosure Project, the UK’s Met Office, Actuaries. Dickinson has written a book called Beautiful Corporations – free to download on james Hansen called for CEos Robert Socolow has a PhD in , KPMG, the WWF SustainAbility and Acclimatise for their help in suggesting his website – which brings together ideas of to be put on trial for crimes against humanity theoretical high-energy physics from Harvard potential fantasy dinner party guests. PG36 EDITIon 01 PG37 EDITIon 01
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