Professor John Barrett OBE



John Barrett is a Professor in Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Leeds.  He has a track record of leading research centres that have employed a range of modelling approaches to understand how changes in production and consumption can contribute to a low carbon future. John is currently a Theme Leader of the Energy Demand Research Centre ( John was the Director of the Centre for Industrial Energy, Materials and Products (CIE-MAP –, a £4 million initiative funded by the UK Research Council exploring how using material and products differently could contribute to the UK carbon targets. John was a Co-Director in the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS). Leading a large collaborative project to produce the first comprehensive national vision of the role of energy demand in meeting net zero emission targets. John’s research is applied in various arena having been an advisor to a number of UK Government departments, Government Select Committees and agencies such as the Committee on Climate Change. He has 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 also a lead author for the International Panel on Climate Change, Working Group III.

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  • Sustainability Research Institute
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