Kirsty Hamilton is an associate fellow at Chatham House. Since 2004 she has led an initiative working with senior energy financiers operating at the nexus of policy and finance, to bring forward the evidence base on ‘investment grade’ policy conditions for investment.
Between 2010 and 2015 she was policy head of the Low Carbon Finance Group, a first-of-its-kind initiative founded by leading financiers to directly engage with senior policymakers from a factual standpoint, examining both specific energy policy developments and longer-term conditions impacting renewable energy and new low carbon sectors.
Kirsty has over 25 years’ experience in international climate and energy policy as an observer at the UN climate change negotiations. She is on the Steering Committee of ‘REN 21’, the international renewable energy policy network, a former member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Sustainable Energy, and a former advisor to UNEP Finance Initiative’s Climate Change work, including writing the international sections of its original training package on the UNFCCC.
She is an expert reviewer and contributing author to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, and was a Specialist Advisor for the UK’s Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee’s Inquiry into Investor Confidence 2015/2016.
Areas of expertise
- Clean energy investment and policy
- International climate policy (UNFCCC, Kyoto Protocol) - Observer at UN talks since 1991
|2004 - present||Associate Fellow, EEDP, Chatham House, Renewable Energy / Low Carbon Finance|
|2007 - present||Steering Committee of REN21 - Renewable Energy Policy Network|
|2003-2010||Advisory Board, Climate Change Working Group, UNEP Finance Initiative|
|2009, 2010||World Economic Forum, Global Action Council on Sustainable Energy|
|2005–2007, 2008–2010, 2013||Expert Reviewer fourth and fifth Assessment Reports and contributing author to the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)|
|2002 - present||Energy and climate policy consultant. Clients include Parliamentary Energy and Climate Change Committee (Investor Confidence Inquiry), IADB, financial companies, energy sector, UNEP Finance Initiative (written training for financial sector on UNFCCC, 2006-2013), JETRO, UK Energy Research Centre, UKERC.|
Policy Head, Low Carbon Finance Group
|1996-2000||Greenpeace International - coordinated the organisation's climate-related corporate work internationally (insurance sector, fossil fuel sector); following work in the first half of the decade for Greenpeace in New Zealand (1990-1996) establishing the climate change and energy work on electricity sector reform|
- Investing in Renewable Energy in the MENA Region: Financier Perspectives Working Paper 1 June 2011
- Scaling up Renewable Energy in Developing Countries: Finance and Investment Perspectives Research paper 4 April 2010
- Unlocking Finance for Clean Energy: The Need for 'Investment Grade' Policy Research paper 1 December 2009
- Private Financing of Renewable Energy: A Guide for Policymakers Paper 10 December 2009
- Unlocking Finance for Clean Energy: The Need for 'Investment Grade' Policy Chatham House Briefing 1 December 2009
- Finance Guide for Policymakers: Renewable Energy, Green Infrastructure, 2016 Update BNEF with Frankfurt School UNEP Collaborating Centre, 2016
- Input to the UNFCCC Green Climate Fund consultation London Private Finance Roundtable, August 2011
- Where Regulation is a Risk and an Opportunity' in Investment Opportunities for a Low Carbon World Edited by Will Oulton (Direct Responsible Investment, FTSE Group)
- Investment: Risk, Return and the Role of Policy Background Working Paper for Imperial College, contributing to Investing in Power: The Role of Cost Projections, Incentives and Risk, June 2007
- The 'Finance-Policy' Gap: Policy Conditions for Attracting Long-Term Investment in The Finance of Climate Change - A Guide for Governments, Corporations & Investors, Risk Books, London, July 2005
- The Kyoto-Marrakech System: a Strategic Assessment Report prepared by Michael Grubb, Benito Muller, Kirsty Hamilton [Business Module] and Tom Brewer, with other commissioned authors, IC Consultants, June 2003