Ralph Sims

Professor Ralph Sims

Professor Ralph Sims

Professor Ralph Sims began his career in Sustainable Energy at Massey University, New Zealand in 1971 making and testing biodiesel. After 4 years recently based at the IEA (International Energy Agency) in Paris as a senior analyst working on Renewable Energy and climate change mitigation, he has now returned to his position at Massey of Professor of Sustainable Energy, and Director, Centre for Energy Research. Ralph is a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Panel of the Global Environment Facility (GEF, UNEP) on climate change mitigation.

For the IPCC 3rd Assessment Report (2001) he was a lead author covering renewable energy and agriculture; for the 4th Assessment Report (2007) he led the chapter on “Energy Supply”; then led the “Integration” chapter in the Special Report on Renewable Energy for Climate Change Mitigation (2011);  and is currently leading the “Transport” chapter of the 5th Assessment Report. Ralph is currently undertaking consulting projects for UNEP, UN FAO, REN 21 and OECD. He is a Companion of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a Fellow of the Institute of Professional Engineers and of the UK Institute of Agricultural Engineers, and received the 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award from the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) of which he was a Ministerial Board Member appointee for 3 terms.

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