Dr Robert Brecha

Visiting Scientist

Climate Policy Analysis


    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.



    NYC March for Science

    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.