Prof Ralph Sims

AuthorProf Ralph Sims

Ralph Sims began his career in Sustainable Energy at Massey University, New Zealand in 1971 making and testing biodiesel from animal fats. After 4 years based at the IEA (International Energy Agency) in Paris (2006-2009) as a senior analyst working on renewable energy and climate change mitigation, he has now returned to his position of Professor of Sustainable Energy, and Director, Centre for Energy Research which has had numerous post-graduate students and developed 15 internet-based papers on energy and climate. He is consulting for the OECD on energy and rural development, writing policy sections of REN21 Global Status Reports, researching on distributed energy systems, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers and of the UK Institute of Agricultural Engineers, a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand and received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from the NZ Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) of which he was a ministerial Board Member appointee for 3 terms.

What’s the point of looking for more gas?

Natural gas is claimed by the industry to be a “bridging fuel”, enabling the transition away from coal when moving towards the low-carbon economy of the future based mainly on renewable energy systems. In this expanded version of his recent op-ed Dr. Ralph Sims assesses whether we should be exploring for new natural gas resources with emphasis on the New Zealand situation. – ed The carbon...

Reducing domestic transport emissions ain’t easy – but other countries have managed it – so why can’t NZ?

New Zealand has to deeply cut its domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, as do the 156 other countries that have now ratified the Paris Climate Agreement. Whether in the short term we buy international carbon credits (who from and for how much?), or whether we convert more marginal pasture land back into forests as carbon sinks (until eventually NZ is covered in trees?), both can only be...

The Paris Climate Agreement – implications for New Zealand businesses

After lengthy and at times frustratingly slow and lengthy discussions, 196 countries successfully negotiated the legally binding Paris Climate Agreement that was presented on 12 December, 2015 at the 21st Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC. The intensive two week event has been well reported as having a successful outcome. Given the complexities of the negotiations and the major concerns of many...

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