Jamie Speirs is based in Imperial’s Sustainable Gas Institute (SGI), where he leads the SGI White Paper Series, conducting research on the social, technical and economic issues affecting energy policy in the UK, Europe and globally.
Jamie led the SGI's most recent White Paper "A Greener Gas Grid: What Are The Options". This research examines the options for decarbonising gas networks, focusing on technical capability, cost, and carbon emissions.
In 2007 Jamie graduated Imperial College with a master’s degree in environmental technology, before accepting a research position in Imperial’s Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICEPT). Jamie spent six months working on a European FP6 project Measuring Eco Innovation, before moving to the UK Energy Research Centre's (UKERC) Technology and Policy Assessment (TPA) theme.
In his time at the UKERC Jamie conducted systematic reviews of the evidence surrounding contentious topics in the energy arena. As co-author of the Global Oil Depletion report he applied this methodology to examine estimates of future oil production. More recently Jamie has lead systematic research into the availability of critical materials for low carbon technologies, publishing a range of research reports, including the Energy Materials Availability Handbook. In 2012 Jamie co-authored a systematic review of the European and global resource of shale gas for the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC).
Speirs JF, McGlade C, Slade, Uncertainty in the availability of natural resources: Fossil fuels, critical metals and biomass, Energy Policy, ISSN:0301-4215
Sorrell S, Speirs J, 2010, Hubbert’s Legacy: A Review of Curve-Fitting Methods to Estimate Ultimately Recoverable Resources, Natural Resources Research, Pages:209-230
et al., 2017, The Natural Gas Supply Chain: The Importance of Methane and Carbon Dioxide Emissions, Acs Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, Vol:5, ISSN:2168-0485, Pages:3-20