Chris Littlecott leads E3G's activities on the transition from coal to clean energy, with a focus on supporting the growing international transition effort to accelerate the phase out of coal power generation.
Chris has been closely involved in UK coal policy since 2008. He has worked as a policy analyst, civil society advocate, and advisor to government throughout this period, helping to shape the UK’s progress from facing a wave of new coal power plant proposals through to its world-leading commitment to an end to coal power generation. Chris currently leads E3G’s strategic advice to decision makers on the global coal transition challenge as well as analytical projects such as E3G’s annual scorecard of progress on coal by G7 countries.
Chris was one of the original E3G start-up team from 2004 to 2008, during which he coordinated the groundbreaking Europe in the World project. He rejoined E3G in May 2012 following 4 years as a senior policy advisor at Green Alliance where he led work on EU engagement, coal policy, and carbon capture and storage. Amongst other cross-sectoral initiatives he compiled and edited the October 2008 publication ‘A last chance for coal: making carbon capture and storage a reality’, and the March 2010 publication ‘Unlocking a low-carbon Europe: perspectives on EU budget reform’. He also convened the September 2009 UK CCS dialogue of over 40 organisations.
From 2008 to 2011 Chris served as the UK boardmember and Vice President of European Environmental Bureau, Europe’s largest network of environmental organisations. He has also contributed to the advisory committee of UKCCSC, and the Energy Advisory Panel of the Energy Institute. From 2012-2015 Chris was a policy research associate with the Scottish Carbon Capture and Storage academic network. He is a member of the advisory council of ZEP – the European Technology Platform for CCS.
Chris has a BSc in Environmental Management and Policy from the London School of Economics, and an MA in Leadership for Sustainable Development from Forum for the Future / Middlesex University.
Watch Chris discuss the coal phase out on Al Jazeera here.