Imperial College London

Dr Jamie Speirs

Faculty of Natural SciencesCentre for Environmental Policy

SGI Fellow in Energy Analysis and Policy



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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.

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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).



      Lowes R, Woodman B, Speirs J, 2020, Heating in Great Britain: An incumbent discourse coalition resists an electrifying future, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions, Vol:37, ISSN:2210-4224, Pages:1-17

      Speirs J, Balcombe P, Blomerus P, et al., 2020, Natural gas fuel and greenhouse gas emissions in trucks and ships, Progress in Energy, Vol:2, Pages:012002-012002

      Balcombe P, Brierley J, Lewis C, et al., 2019, How to decarbonise international shipping: Options for fuels, technologies and policies, Energy Conversion and Management, Vol:182, ISSN:0196-8904, Pages:72-88

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