Pete Harrison

As the source of 36% of CO2 emissions, achieving a zero-carbon built environment is a crucial part of any strategy to tackle climate change. Renovation rates will need to more than double if we are to succeed, and yet we will need to move carefully as our homes are at the heart of our well-being and our cultural identities.

Pete Harrison is the Executive Director for EU Policy at the European Climate Foundation, overseeing programmes for sectors including transport, buildings, energy systems, finance and industrial decarbonisation. As such, he mainly focuses on the policy reforms that will be needed to ensure the European economy makes a fair and prosperous transition to zero emissions by mid-century. This follows 7 years leading the ECF’s work towards cleaning up the mobility system. Prior to joining the ECF, Pete worked for the international news agency Reuters, where he led coverage of all aspects of European energy policy and geopolitics. This followed a decade at Reuters and other international news organisations, covering equity, debt and commodity markets. He also serves on a number of corporate advisory boards on sustainability and has published several books and papers on ecology.

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