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Thomas L. Brewer – Biography – March 2019

Thomas L. Brewer is a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR). His research is focused on regulations of black carbon emissions in international maritime shipping, including an assessment of the potential contributions off a regulatory system supported by distributed ledger technology. He has previously developed a proposal for an Arctic Black Carbon (ABC) agreement.

His forthcoming publications include an article on “Black Carbon Emissions and Regulations in Transportation” in the journal Energy Policy, as well as a chapter on “Options for Reducing International Maritime Shipping Emissions: Opportunities and Constraints in an Era of Transformative Technologies,” in Daniel Esty, editor, Cool Heads in a Warming World (Yale University Press) and a chapter on “Melting Ice in the Arctic Ocean: Managing Black Carbon,” in Paul G. Harris, editor, Climate Change and Ocean Governance (Cambridge University Press).
He was a Lead Author of the chapter on International Cooperation for the Fifth Assessment 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. 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 has made presentations at conferences of the EU’s Florence School of Regulation, MIT’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research (CEEPR), the Harvard-China bilateral cooperation project, the Centre for European Policy (CEPS), UNFCCC COP side events, and WTO side events.

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). 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 is an emeritus faculty member of Georgetown University in Washington, DC.

Copies of publications, papers and presentations are available at the following web sites:

Thomas L. Brewer

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