Dr. Eric Martinot resides in Tokyo as a senior research director with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies (ISEP). He is also a senior visiting scholar at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where he teaches annually on clean energy, and an adjunct professor at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand, where he also teaches annually. He maintains an affiliation as research fellow with the Worldwatch Institute in Washington DC, and serves in several other roles including chair of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), editorial board member of the journal Energy Policy, and advisor to a number of international organizations. He is perhaps best known as research director (2005-2008) and lead author (2005-2010) of the widely-read REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, produced annually since 2005 in collaboration with a global network of researchers that he first established.
From 2005 to early 2008 he resided in Beijing, where he taught classes as a visiting faculty at Tsinghua University and conducted research on China’s renewable energy situation. From 2000 to 2003, he was a senior energy/environment specialist with the World Bank in Washington DC, where he managed the renewable energy program of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and was responsible for reviewing and recommending approval of GEF grants for renewable energy projects in developing countries. He also guided the GEF’s renewable energy program strategies and synthesized knowledge and experience with renewable energy markets around the world. While working at the World Bank, he taught part-time on energy and environment as an adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Maryland. He also taught at Tufts University in 1999 as an adjunct professor of international relations. Earlier, he served as consultant to the Environment Department of the World Bank, as senior scientist with the Stockholm Environment Institute–Boston, as convening lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and as consultant to the United Nations, U.S. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and International Energy Agency.
Dr. Martinot is author of 70 publications on renewable energy and energy efficiency, including works that are seminal in the field. He received M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley (1991 and 1995) and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984).