School of GeoSciences

School of GeoSciences


Andy Kerr

Brief Bio

I am the Director of ECCI, the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation. The Edinburgh Centre is a centre for innovation and skills to support the development of resilient, low carbon societies. We foster collaborative working between policy, community and business leaders to support and deliver workable solutions for a low carbon future. We provide a forum for solving "low carbon" problems. And we coordinate and deliver professional skills training, in the form of short courses (Executive Education; Continuing Professional Development) and Masters Courses. The Edinburgh Centre works with businesses, national and local government, and civil society and is supported and hosted by the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh Napier University and Heriot-Watt University.

Previously, I have worked in the private sector in the emerging international carbon and biofuel markets, working with companies and organisations from a variety of sectors to develop both strategic and practical management responses to emerging opportunities and legislation. I managed and traded carbon instruments (credits / allowances) in a variety of emissions trading schemes, including the UK ETS; EU ETS; and Kyoto. My public policy work has focused on developing effective national and regional policy frameworks that support the reduction in our dependence on fossil fuels and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Recent projects with which I have been involved include the Royal Society of Edinburgh Inquiry Facing up to Climate Change: Breaking the barriers to a low carbon Scotland; and the Scottish Government's Climate Change Delivery Plan to meet statutory emission reduction targets of 42% by 2020 against a 1990 baseline and 80% by 2050. I also co-author the book Climate Change & Emissions Trading, which has just been published in its third edition.

I have been a Director of E3 International, an environmental company which works with major corporations and non-governmental organisations to support their responses to the shift in environmental regulation - from traditional command and control measures to market-based instruments and mechanisms. I have worked for Greenergy, a biofuels company, setting up a used-cooking oil biodiesel supply chain, and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management. I obtained my doctorate in climate change from the University of Edinburgh, examining the stability of the Antarctic ice sheet to climate change.