Alistair Ritchie is a leading specialist in European Union (EU) and international climate policy development, with over 20 years of consulting experience. He is a key developer of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) covering all technical building blocks, through numerous European Commission (EC) and UK Government studies including Phase 4 design (2021 to 2030); Phase 3 design (2013 to 2020); benchmark (BM) based allocation; and evaluation of impacts and communications on ETS design.
Mr Ritchie is Team Leader of a €3.5m, 3-year EC technical assistance project supporting the Korean Government in the implementation, operation and development of the Korean Emissions Trading System (KETS). This project focuses on carbon price modelling, ETS compliance and trading strategies, BM-based allocation, auctioning and verification, with delivery of technical assistance through technical workshops, expert roundtable dialogue, EU study assignments, and a help desk and knowledge management system. He was Technical Director of a €5m, 3-year EC technical assistance project supporting National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and key Chinese stakeholders in development of China’s National ETS; led the assessment of economic, energy and air pollution impacts of China’s National ETS; and led Taiwan ETS allocation design and gap analysis studies.
Mr Ritchie holds an M.B.A. from the Open University and a degree in chemical engineering from Nottingham University, UK.