Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources
Kirsty Hamilton

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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

Past experience

Invited Positions
2004 - presentAssociate Fellow, EEDP, Chatham House, Renewable Energy / Low Carbon Finance
2007 - presentSteering Committee of REN21 - Renewable Energy Policy Network
2003-2010Advisory Board, Climate Change Working Group, UNEP Finance Initiative
2009, 2010World Economic Forum, Global Action Council on Sustainable Energy
2005–2007, 2008–2010, 2013Expert Reviewer fourth and fifth Assessment Reports and contributing author to the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
Work Experience
2002 - presentEnergy 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

1996-2000Greenpeace 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