Prof John Barrett

Futures Theme Lead, Professor in Energy and Climate Policy University of Leeds
John Barrett EDRC

John is a Professor in Energy and Climate Policy at the Sustainability Research Institute, University of Leeds with research interests in energy demand and scenario modelling, sustainable consumption and production, and industrial energy and resource efficiency strategies. John is a regular advisor to a number of UK Government departments including sitting on the committee responsible for the development of standards for low carbon products and resource efficiency strategies and targets, carbon budgets and scenario analysis as well as providing the analysis of the UK consumption based GHG emissions. John works closely for the Climate Change Committee regularly providing evidence and analysis for progress reports to parliament.

John is a regular presenter to Select Committees for the UK and Scottish Government and public inquires as well as working closely with industrial stakeholders. He was awarded an OBE in 2022 in recognition of the contribution his research has made to shape UK policy in the areas of climate change and resource efficiency. John was Director of Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products, a £3 million initiative funded by the UKRI. Previously, co-director of the UK Energy Research Centre and currently co-director of the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) and the newly formed, Energy Demand Research Centre. John was also a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).