William Acworth
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
Head of Programme Carbon Markets and Pricing

William Acworth is Head of Programme Carbon Markets and Pricing at adelphi.  His focus is international carbon markets and he is an expert on emissions trading. William is also the Head of Secretariat at the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) where he works closely together with a network of close to forty governments and public authorities to strengthen engagement and share experience on emissions trading.

William has over a decade of experience working in climate and energy policy, spread across public, private, and academic institutions. William has acquired strong skills in quantitative economic techniques, with experience applying micro-economic frameworks and using and interpreting macro-economic models. Working directly with clients to understand their needs, he has built small economic models and has developed policy indicators. Furthermore, he has conducted policy evaluations, cost/benefit analyses, and developed organizational strategies for public sector clients.

In his capacity as Head of the ICAP Secretariat, William leads technical work programmes on issues such as carbon leakage and competitiveness, the integration of carbon pricing into electricity sector transitions, and sectoral expansion of emissions trading systems. He also designs and implements ICAP's capacity building programmes in regions such as Latin America, Asia and Africa. He has been invited to provide evidence on climate policy by the European Court of Auditors and has also sat on a number of Advisory Boards for international carbon pricing projects.

Prior to joining adelphi, William worked as a research associate in the climate policy team at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin). While there, he was responsible for a range of international projects that assessed emissions trading in Europe and abroad. More specifically, he coordinated an international emissions trading model comparison exercise and assessed options for leakage protection in the carbon intensive materials sectors. Before relocating to Berlin, William worked as a manager at ACIL Allen, a leading Australian economics and public policy consulting firm. While there, he completed over 20 projects for Commonwealth and Australian state governments and for private sector clients. Specifically, his projects focused on the design and operation of carbon markets, non-state actors in climate governance, the impact of carbon pricing on carbon intensive industries, and improving energy efficiency in the built environment, amongst other topics.

From 2007 to 2008, William worked as a research economist in the Australian Bureau for Agricultural and Resource Economics (ABARES). He advised the government on emissions trading design, especially as relating to coverage of the agricultural sector and conducted an economic assessment of the vulnerability and adaptive capacity of agricultural industries and regions to the impacts of climate change.

William holds a first class honours degree in Resource Economics from the University of Sydney, Australia, as well as a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, Germany.

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