EnergySourceJan 29, 2020
The quiet energy transition sweeping the Midwest
By Craig Hart
A quiet energy revolution is taking hold in the American Midwest, creating a tipping point for the nation as a whole—lower-carbon natural gas and renewables are pushing out coal as the low-cost fuel for power generation.
Global Energy ForumJan 8, 2019
From Paris to Beijing: Implementing the Paris Agreement in the People’s Republic of China
By Craig A. Hart
Hart’s analysis makes the case for greater transparency at all levels of government, the elimination of subsidies—with the exception of low-carbon energy and technology, the alignment of climate policy with China’s trade stance, and inclusion of the Chinese public on climate policy debates.
New AtlanticistJan 29, 2018
Is China’s Plan to Cut Emissions for Real?
By Craig Hart
China’s new emissions trading scheme (ETS) may set the country on a path to achieving its goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, but concerns regarding effective emissions cuts have raised questions about the efficacy of the new policy. In December of 2017, China launched its national greenhouse gas emissions trading market, creating the world’s largest […]
Craig Hart is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council Global Energy Center and Executive Director of the Pace Energy and Climate Center at Pace University’s Haub School of Law. Hart is also a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University’s Energy Policy & Climate program.
Hart has worked with governments and projects in the Americas, Asia, the Middle East and Africa on renewables, energy efficiency, grid modernization and microgrids, and low carbon technologies for the fossil-fuel power generation sector. In the utility reform area, Hart advised Uzbekistan in its ongoing energy market and utility reform initiative leading to the restructuring of the state energy company Uzbekneftegaz, and advised the country of Georgia’s Ministry of Energy in reforming its state electricity transmission company.
Hart serves on the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Committee on Sustainability and its Council on Standards and Certification, which establishes and maintains ASME safety and performance standards, and monitors their implementation globally. Additionally, he is a member of the International Standards Organization’s U.S. Technical Advisory Committees TC-265 for carbon sequestration technologies, TC-298 for rare earth elements, and TC-333 for lithium. Hart is currently writing a paper on China’s rare earth elements.
Hart’s academic research concentrates on energy transition and decarbonization in the context of economic development and firm competitiveness. His work includes extensive focus on China, having lived and worked in China for almost a decade, teaching at Tsinghua University and Renmin (People’s) University of China, and consulting to intergovernmental organizations. He writes regularly on China’s energy transition, including Mapping China’s Climate & Energy Policies.
Prior to academia, Hart practiced law in the energy infrastructure project finance, capital markets, and carbon management fields, representing project developers, lenders, and investors focusing on energy infrastructure, clean energy, and high-technology. His practice included practicing with the international law firms White & Case and O’Melveny & Myers, and serving as counsel to the Asia Development Bank’s Future Carbon Fund, a $115 million fund to finance renewables and carbon reduction projects under the Clean Development Mechanism in Asia and the Pacific.
Hart earned a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology researching decarbonization paths with the aim of preventing dangerous climate change, a bachelor’s and law degree from the University of California at Berkeley, and a master’s in economics from New York University.