Contact and Biography


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Schedule and Location

Eric Martinot is based in Tokyo, Japan, and splits his time primarily between Japan, China, Europe, and New Zealand. His schedule and announcements of selected public events are posted here.


Dr. Eric Martinot is an internationally recognized writer, speaker, educator, and scholar on the subject of renewable energy. Many of his 70 publications have become widely read and acclaimed. He is report author of the ground-breaking REN21 Renewables Global Futures Report (2013). He was formerly lead author (2005-2010) and research director of the well-known REN21 Renewables Global Status Report, an annual synthesis of the state of renewable energy worldwide that he first created in 2005. He currently serves as senior research director with the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies in Tokyo and adjunct professor with Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He maintains research affiliations with the Worldwatch Institute in Washington DC, with Tsinghua University in Beijing, and with the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, and serves in several other roles including chairperson of the World Council for Renewable Energy (WCRE), editorial board member of the journal Energy Policy, and advisor to a number of international organizations.

From 2005 to 2008 he resided in Beijing, where he taught classes as a senior visiting scholar at Tsinghua University, and conducted research on China's renewable energy markets and policies. From 2000 to 2003, he was a senior energy 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 holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Energy and Resources from the University of California at Berkeley (1991 and 1995) and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1984).

Dr. Martinot is an avid long-distance hiker. During a 5-month sabbatical in 2003-2004, he hiked the entire length of New Zealand, a total of 1600 miles (2600 km). Over the period 1997-2013, he hiked (section-by-section) the entire 2650 mile (4400 km) length of the Pacific Crest Trail, which spans continuously the entire distance from the Mexican border of the U.S. through California, Oregon, and Washington to the Canadian border, mostly along high mountain crests at elevations between 5,000 and 12,000 feet.

Page updated January 5, 2014