Thomas L. Brewer

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Thomas L. Brewer is a Senior Fellow at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD) in Geneva, and a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR). He was a Lead Author of the chapter on International Cooperation in the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and a convener of the E15 group on Measures to Address Climate Change and the Trade System, sponsored by ICTSD and the World Economic Forum. He is also an Associate Fellow of the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) in Brussels, and an emeritus faculty member of Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

His current research focuses on: black carbon (BC) as a climate change forcing agent; technologies and government policies that can mitigate BC emissions; the effects of BC on Arctic warming; and BC issues in international maritime shipping, including policy issues at the local, regional and global levels.

He has developed a proposal for an Arctic Black Carbon (ABC) agreement, which is discussed in an ICTSD policy paper and update paper. The proposal has been presented at a COP side event, workshops in Washington, DC, an MIT CEEPR conference, an International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) conference and other venues.

He is co-author of a World Bank Discussion Paper, “Carbon Market Clubs and the New Paris Regime,” and he is author of The United States in a Warming World: The Political Economy of Government, Business and Public Responses to Climate Change (Cambridge University Press).

He made a presentation on Trade and Climate Change Issues for a workshop in 2015 in Beijing on “Bilateral Cooperation between China and the United States: Facilitating Progress on Climate-Change Policy," which was co-organized by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements and the Chinese National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation. He developed and taught a staff training course on trade and environment issues for the Policy Research Center for Environment and Economy, Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China in 2016.

He has been a Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Oxford University in the Smith School for Enterprise and the Environment, and he has been a Schöller Foundation Senior Research Fellow at Friedrich-Alexander University in Nuremberg, Germany. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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Thomas L. Brewer

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