Bob works at the interface of energy systems analysis, policy and implementation strategies, and has helped advance Climate Analytics’ modelling capacities and tools. He has also worked with several country partners on the revisions of their Nationally Determined Contributions to the Paris Agreement, as well as one other policy briefings.
Bob is a highly experienced scientist with a focus on sustainability, energy and climate change mitigation. At the University of Dayton, he is a Professor of Sustainability in the Hanley Sustainability Institute and a faculty member in the Renewable and Clean Energy Program. From from 2007-2015, he was founding coordinator of the Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) minor, and from 2006-2017 was a regular visiting scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). Since 2018, he has been with Climate Analytics as a visiting scientist and external consultant, serving from June to December 2018 as interim head of energy modelling, and from 2019 – 2021 was with CA funded through a European Union Marie Curie Fellowship.
- Institutional decarbonisation scenarios evaluated against the Paris Agreement 1.5°C goal
- Towards a just transition of the workplace: Baseline Analysis for the Electricity and Road Transport Sectors in Antigua and Barbuda
- Long-term strategies in SIDS: blueprints for decarbonised and resilient 1.5°C compatible economies
- Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion — Flexible Enabling Technology for Variable Renewable Energy Integration in the Caribbean
- Scaling up Climate Action in Australia
- Decarbonisation of Australia’s energy system: Integrated modeling of the transformation of electricity, transportation, and industrial sectors
- Antigua and Barbuda's national greenhouse gas reduction report
- A 1.5°C Compatible Carbon Budget for Western Australia
- Towards optimal 1.5° and 2 °C emission pathways for individual countries: A Finland case study
- Electricity access threshold for meeting non-energy SDG targets
- Global and regional coal phase-out requirements of the Paris Agreement: Insights from the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C
- Threshold electricity consumption enables multiple Sustainable Development Goals
- Decarbonising South Asia and South East Asia
- Transformation points - Achieving the speed and scale required for full decarbonisation
- Insights from the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C for preparation of long-term strategies
- Scaling up climate action in the European Union: Key opportunities for transitioning to a zero emissions society
- How do we limit warming to 1.5°C: informing the Talanoa Dialogue question, “How do we get there?”
- Integrated Assessment Models: what are they and how do they arrive at their conclusions?
Influential oil company scenarios for combating climate change don’t actually meet the Paris Agreement goals, our new analysis shows
This piece, originally published in The Conversation, highlights our research into decarbonisation scenarios put out by the IEA, BP, Shell and Equinor. Our research team found that none of the assessed scenarios from oil majors are consistent with the Paris Agreement.
Ocean thermal energy conversion – what is it and what role could it play for Small Island States in the Caribbean?
Using Geographical Information Systems tools, we have determined where water depth and proximity to shore could provide a site for ocean thermal energy conversion installation for all islands in the Caribbean. But this technology is still the poor cousin in the renewables family, leading many to ask – what is ocean thermal energy conversion and what can it bring to the table to support a 100% renewable electricity system?
Comment l'Afrique de l'Ouest peut étendre son approvisionnement en électricité et atteindre ses objectifs climatiques
How West Africa can expand power supply and meet climate goals
Expanding renewable energy and cross-border cooperation could allow developing countries in West Africa to leapfrog or at least minimise the commitment to a climate-damaging future of fossil-fuel energy generation while powering sustainable development. Our new research shows that combining smartly selected, sustainably managed hydropower projects with an expansion of solar and wind energy is a no-regrets way forward for this region.
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Not even the bare minimum: unpacking Germany's 2030 climate package
On 20 September, the German government released its long-awaited climate package. It is nowhere near ambitious enough to meet the objective of the Paris Agreement to limit warming to 1.5°C.
Centred on science – how the IPCC can guide mitigation action
A Green New Deal in the United States – fantasy or necessity?
The Green New Deal (GND) is currently only in the form of a “resolution” introduced by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey; any actual legislation that results from the resolution will be taken up by the respective chambers of Congress – and likely will not be done as a whole package. Having said that, the GND is a rare example of proposing how to tackle a societal-scale set of challenges not by looking at individual components but by presenting a vision for the whole system.
Stayin' alive: heatwave makes searing case for 1.5°C
This year’s extreme summer, still scorching central and northern Europe, is a stark illustration of the kind of climate change impacts we could see if nothing is done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Heat waves, droughts and other extremes will only increase in severity and frequency as the Earth continues to warm. Limiting warming to 1.5°C, as governments around the world pledged by signing the Paris Agreement, can help avoid the worst impacts of climate change.