The Carbon Commission

Haringey’s Carbon Commission, in partnership with New Economics Foundation, brought together experts from across the business, government and research communities to explore how a 40% reduction in carbon emissions can be practically achieved, while taking an approach that puts reducing inequality at the heart of our low carbon transition.

Who are the Carbon Commission?

Andrew Simms (Chair)

Fellow and former Policy Director at The New Economics Foundation (nef)

Andrew founded the climate change, energy and interdependence programmes at nef, and is author of Ecological Debt: Global Warming and the Wealth of Nations (2009). Described by New Scientist magazine as ‘a master at joined-up progressive thinking,’ he was co-author of the groundbreaking Green New Deal report and co-founded the Green New Deal group. Until the end of 2010, he was Policy Director at nef.


Chris Brown

CEO of Igloo Regeneration

Chris Brown is chief executive of Igloo Regeneration and the development manager of Aviva Investors’ Igloo Regeneration Fund –  the world’s first responsible real estate fund, according to the United Nations. It undertakes sustainable investment in well designed, environmentally sustainable regeneration projects on the edge of the UK’s top 20 city centres to support deprived communities and promote health happiness and well-being.


Ian Short

CEO of the Institute for Sustainability

Ian Short holds overall responsibility for strategic direction and operation at the IfS. The independent charity was established in 2009 to support cross sector collaboration and innovation in the delivery of sustainable places to live and work. Ian previously work at the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (LTGDC), the lead regeneration agency for east London, which he joined in early 2005 soon after the organisation was established.


Quentin Given

Senior Campaigner at Friends of the Earth

Senior Campaigner at Friends of the Earth, most recently challenging the government over the early reduction of the Feed in Tariff payments. Quentin also leads the local Friends of the Earth group in Tottenham and is an active member of local sustainability groups in Haringey.


Prashant Vaze

Author of the Economical Environmentalist

Self-styled environmental economist, Prashant Vaze is on a mission to reduce his carbon footprint. He is Chief Economist at Consumer Focus and previously worked at the UK’s Office of Climate Change, the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit and the Department of the Environment. He recently published “The Economical Environmentalist” which charts his attempt to live a low-carbon life in London and what it cost.


Nicky Gavron

Greater London Assembly

Nicky has been an elected politician since 1986 and has a track record in urban policy development for every level of government. In particular, she has been at the forefront of developing integrated and sustainable land-use, transport and environmental planning policies for London. In 2000, she became the first statutory Deputy Mayor of London, a post she held for seven years. Leading London’s response to climate change, she introduced policies and programmes to reduce CO2 emissions across energy, water, waste and transport. Her initiatives include establishing the London Climate Change Agency and the C40: Large Cities Climate Leadership Group.


Dr Mattia Romana

Grantham Institute of Climate Change

Mattia acts as the analytical lead on projects related to the economics of climate change at Grantham, with a focus on the transition to a low-carbon economy both in terms of private investment and public policy. He has led a project on using public finance to leverage private capital in low-carbon investments in developing countries. Mattia also worked on the Stern team at the UK Government Department of Energy and Climate Change. In this role, he led projects on low-carbon growth strategies for China, India, South Korea and Japan. He was the UK representative on the China Task Force on a low-carbon economy (for the China Council).


Stephen Tate

Assistant Director, Environment & Transport, Greater London Authority

Stephen Tate is responsible for driving forward delivery across the Mayor’s environment and transport portfolios. Previously, as Assistant Director of Performance and Strategy within the London Borough of Hackney, Stephen formulated the strategic direction of a public-facing directorate delivering a range of high level projects. At the London Borough of Lambeth with portfolios that covered Business, Housing and Strategy, Stephen developed key policy and strategies, and delivered complex housing projects while overseeing a capital investment programme.


Mark Cumbo

Business Development Manager, The Co-operative Bank

Mark is responsible for the Energy Efficiency portfolio within the Co-operative Bank’s Renewable Energy corporate banking group. He joined the Bank in 2009 and works closely with a number of ESCo organisations to support the delivery of energy efficient solutions into the built environment. Mark’s mandate is to grow this portfolio by originating transactions and structuring senior debt solutions which support the deployment of approved technologies across both the public and private estate.


Ed Gill

Director of Public Affairs, Good Energy

Good Energy were the first supplier to offer 100% renewable electricity to UK households when they were founded in 1999. Good Energy’s electricity is sourced purely from the wind, water, sun and through sustainable biogeneration. Part of the Good Energy Group, Good Energy are owned by approximately 1,700 shareholders, 90% of whom are Good Energy customers.