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John Byrne

John Byrne


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Member SinceMar 21, 2016CoLab Points (actual)
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John Byrne is Chairman and President of the Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment (FREE), which was created in 2011 with a mission of promoting a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods. He is also Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy and Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) at the University of Delaware. He has contributed since 1992 to Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). His work is published in several IPCC assessments which led to greater global awareness of the problem. The 2007 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Panel.

He is the architect of the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) model and its innovative energy efficiency finance program, which received U.S. White House recognition as part of the nation’s Better Buildings Challenge. The Asian Development Bank has also recommended the model to its member countries.

From 2007 to 2012, he co-chaired the Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility Oversight Board. Delaware was the first jurisdiction to create an SEU modeled on Dr. Byrne’s work. He presently leads FREE’s efforts to diffuse this model in Pennsylvania (PennSEF), California (SCEF), Maryland (assisting sustainable energy outreach efforts of the Maryland Port Administration), Washington, DC (advising the District’s Sustainable Energy Utility), South Korea (the Seoul Metropolitan Government recently signed an MOU with FREE), and others.

Dr. Byrne is a founding member of and serves on the board the International Solar Cities Initiative – a pioneering program to assist cities around the world in building sustainable futures.

His work has been funded by the World Bank, UNEP, the Blue Moon Fund, the Chinese Academy of Science, the Energy Research Institute of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, the Korea Energy Economics Institute, the Korea Institute of Science & Technology, the Green Technology Center–Korea, The Energy Research Institute (TERI, New Delhi, India), the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the U.S. EPA, among others.   He has published 17 books and over 160 research articles.



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Net Zero Carbon Energy -- The 100% Energy-Water Nexus SolutionJun 3, 2016
Agroforestry for Water and EnergyJun 3, 2016
Sustainable Governance as a Virtual DialogueNov 3, 2017


John Byrne is supporting proposal Sustainable Governance as a Virtual DialogueNov 3, 2017
John Byrne is supporting proposal Net Zero Carbon Energy -- The 100% Energy-Water Nexus SolutionJun 3, 2016
John Byrne is supporting proposal Agroforestry for Water and EnergyJun 3, 2016
John Byrne joined the Climate CoLab communityMar 21, 2016