Carbon Counts was established in 2008 by Paul Zakkour and Gregory Cook. The company draws upon their combined experience of 25 years in delivering energy and climate policy advice to private and public sector organisations worldwide. We also associate and partner with other technical experts according to the requirements of each project.
WHO WE ARE
Paul specialises in international climate change policy with a focus on low carbon technology incentives, finance and regulation. He has worked with the World Bank, the IEA, the IEA GHG, the UNFCCC Secretariat, the European Commission and many national governments and private sector clients on climate change issues.
Gregory specialises in energy and climate change policy and economics. He has advised the World Bank, UN, Asian Development Bank, the IEA, WBCSD, European Commission, UK Government and a wide range of private sector organisations including several multinational companies on energy and climate change issues.
Paul has particular experience in the fields of:
Designing policies and measures for greenhouse gas emission abatement, and low carbon technology development & deployment
Climate finance and funding mechanisms
Greenhouse gas inventories, protocol design & MRV
Regulation of low carbon technology deployment
Monitoring and Evaluation
Technical expertise includes:
Upstream oil & gas
Carbon capture, utilisation and storage
Waste and wastewater treatment
He holds a doctorate (PhD.) in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London, and a Master's degree from King's College, London. He was formerly a Principal Consultant with ERM.
Gregory has particular experience in the fields of:
Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and Long Term Strategies (LTS) under the Paris Agreement and UNFCCC
Energy and climate change economics
Carbon leakage and competitiveness impacts
Carbon capture and storage (CCS)
Renewable energy strategy
Carbon management in the transport sector
Industrial GHG and sectoral approaches
Gregory was formerly a Senior Consultant at ERM's Energy & Climate Change practice. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Geology and a Master's Degree in Environmental Technology, both from Imperial College, London.
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Carbon Counts works with a range of partners and Associates. They include:
Andrew is a long-standing acquaintance of Carbon Counts, and has been collaborating with the team on various assignments and opportunities since the start of 2016.
Andrew left the UNFCCC Secretariat in Bonn at the end of 2015 after 16 years of service. During his time at the UNFCCC Secretariat he was instrumental in the initial design of the CDM, JI and emissions trading under the Kyoto Protocol, their subsequent implementation and, more recently, the further development of these mechanisms. Since 2009, he was alternately Manager (Strategy, Collaboration and Communications) for the Sustainable Development Mechanisms (SDM) Unit at the UNFCCC and Secretary to the CDM Executive Board and the JI Supervisory Committee. Andrew led the Secretariat’s thinking in the last years on how the CDM can be developed and adjusted to strengthen its integration with climate finance and national climate policy, and also led the secretariat’s work to develop Article 6 (cooperative approaches and mechanisms) in the Paris Agreement.
Justin French-Brooks (Word-to-Dialogue)
Justin is a freelance consultant and has worked with Carbon Counts on several projects relating to international climate policy in the past. Justin’s professional background is in the sustainability arena with over 10 years' experience in both the private and public sectors, including the UK Government and its associated environmental delivery bodies. Justin holds degrees from Cambridge University and Imperial College, London.
Jonathan Slater (The Blue Globe)
Jonathan is an independent consultant working in the field of prize design and environmental technology innovation. Jonathan specialises in energy and technology prizes and grand challenges. He was formerly Director of Business Innovation for the EMEA region at InnoCentive, where he managed and/or lead over 30 large scale prize designs. Recent and ongoing projects include prize design for the US Government Office of Naval Research Science and Technology’s Energy Storage Challenge, the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) Ideas to Impact project and several innovation prizes undertaken in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and UAE.