Chris Kardish is a Advisor at adelphi specialising in emissions trading, market mechanisms, and climate finance. He analyses emissions trading systems (ETSs) for the Secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), as well as contributing to its research papers, technical dialogue, and knowledge sharing activities. He also manages ICAP’s external communications, including news updates on developments in ETSs worldwide.
Chris combines experience in climate policy, global development, journalism, and communications. He has developed a strong knowledge base on the economics of climate change, mitigation instruments, and climate adaptation. Through previous work experiences he gained expertise in analysing data on global development financial flows, managing digital communications platforms, and journalistic work. At the ICAP Secretariat, he analyses active and potential ETSs in North America while conducting analyses for policymakers of the ICAP member jurisdictions on technical aspects of ETS design. This research on ETS design, part of ICAP's technical dialogue workstream, currently focuses on issues of carbon leakage, allowance allocation, industrial competitiveness, and carbon neutrality.
Before re-joining adelphi, Chris worked for the Berlin-based global development consultancy SEEK Development, where he analysed trends in funding flows from major OECD donors for the BMGF-funded platform Donor Tracker and served as its Editorial and Communications Lead. During his last time at adelphi as a Project Assistant, he supported projects on climate adaptation. Before coming to Berlin he covered politics, health reform, and environment as a journalist for various media outlets in the US.
Chris earned a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance, during which he wrote his thesis for the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change as a Visiting Researcher. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University.