James is a Principal Technical Consultant at Ricardo Energy & Environment, working on international climate change issues, including Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement, mitigation actions, climate governance, financing of climate action and transparency requirements under the Paris Agreement. James was the lead author of the NDC implementation quick-start guide in 2016 and has a great deal of experience in country-level implementation and monitoring of NDCs, including in Bangladesh, Myanmar, Kenya, Uganda and Zambia. He was also the lead author of the MRV training tool for GIZ and has supported a number of countries on designing systems for tracking progress on climate policy.
Before joining Ricardo Energy & Environment in 2011, James worked for ten years in the UK civil service. During this time, James was responsible in DECC for setting the fourth carbon budget and delivering the carbon plan, worked in DfT leading negotiations on the EU new car CO2 regulations, helped set up the EU Emissions Trading System in the UK and spent a 6 month secondment as Energy and Environment First Secretary at the British Embassy in Tokyo. James has a degree in geography from the University of Sheffield and a postgraduate diploma in Japanese from Durham University.