Chris Busch

Director of Research

Chris Busch is Energy Innovation’s Research Director. He leads the firm’s urban sustainability and California climate policy programs.

For urban sustainability, Chris has worked to identify the key quantitative metrics defining sustainable urban development, culminating in the 12 Green Guidelines, a set of numerical benchmarks at the core of the program’s Green and Smart Guidelines for China Development Bank Capital. Establishing the right quantitative metrics will hasten the spread of known urban solutions and help to distinguish real progress from greenwashing.

In California, Chris’ research supported the establishment of a 2030 statewide limit on carbon emissions. In early 2015, he wrote a report recommending the state set a 2030 emissions reduction target of 40 percent below the 1990 level, the same target adopted in Senate Bill 32 on September 8th, 2016. Today, Chris’ efforts are aimed at finalizing the portfolio of climate policies needed to enable the state to hit its strong 2030 target—a stepping stone to even deeper decarbonization.

Prior to Energy Innovation, Chris served as Policy Director for the BlueGreen Alliance, where he testified before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Power and Energy Subcommittee. He held the role of Climate Economist for the Union of Concerned Scientists, where he was appointed to California’s Economic and Technology Advancement Advisory Committee. He also worked as a Senior Research Associate at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Chris holds a PhD in environmental economics and a master’s degree in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley. His work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as the Electricity Journal, Energy Policy, and Land Economics.

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Works

Article

Carbon Market For Sustainable Growth

China Daily
Article

Cap-and-trade key to green energy future

, Capitol Weekly
Presentation

Linking Ontario to the Western Climate Initiative

The Ontario Cap And Trade Forum
April 2017
Presentation

NACW 2017 - North American Carbon Market Forecast

Climate Action Reserve
April 2017
Publication

Recalibrating California's Cap-and-Trade Program To Account For Oversupply

Chris Busch, Energy Innovation
March 2017
Article

California’s power to trump climate denial

, The Sacramento Bee
Article

What California's Ambitious Climate Bills Mean for Policy

, Berkeley Public Policy Journal
Article

5 things you need to know about California's new climate change legislation

, Southern California Public Radio
Article

Future uncertain over cap-and-trade auctions

, Capitol Weekly
Article

California Cap-and-Trade: A Success in Disguise

, GreenBiz
Publication

Planeación Urbana Sustenable Para la Ciudad de Mexico

CDMX, Energy Innovation
July 2016
Publication

Climate and Energy Policy Solutions for China: Executive Summary

National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Energy Resources Institute, Energy Innovation
July 2016
Publication

Climate Policy for the Real World

Chris Busch, Hal Harvey, Energy Innovation
June 2016
Article

The goal of cap-and-trade is to fight climate change, not raise tax revenue

, The Los Angeles Times
Article

California’s Cap and Trade Law Is a Success

, Wall Street Journal
Article

Solutions to SF housing, transit problems may be found in Brazil

, San Francisco Chronicle
Article

Look to California for Greener Urban Growth

, Next City
Article

Readers React: How smart growth in cities can boost public transit

, The Los Angeles Times
Article

Cities: Making the smart choice for people and businesses

, The Leader Magazine (p. 42)
Article

How Sustainable Cities Can Drive Business Growth

, GreenBiz
Article

Smart Growth Can Cure California’s Congestion Crisis

, TriplePundit
Article

California’s International Model For Climate Success

, CleanTechnica
Publication

The California Climate and Clean Energy Policy Story

Chris Busch, Hal Harvey, Lili Pike, Energy Innovation LLC
December 2015
Publication

Moving California Forward - Full Report

Chris Busch, Erika Lew, Joe DiStefano, Energy Innovation LLC
November 2015
Publication

Green & Smart Urban Development Guidelines

Energy Innovation LLC
November 2015
Publication

12 Green Guidelines

CC Huang, Chris Busch, Dongquan He, Hal Harvey, Energy Innovation LLC
November 2015
Article

A Mobility Plan in Los Angeles

, The New York Times
Article

How Smart Growth Puts California on the Path to 2030 Climate Success

, Sustainable Cities Collective
Publication

Moving California Forward - Summary for Policymakers

Chris Busch, Erika Lew, Joe DiStefano, Energy Innovation, Calthorpe Analytics
September 2015
Article

The Good News About Higher California Carbon Prices

, TriplePundit
Publication

Cities for People: Insights from the Data

Chris Busch, CC Huang, Energy Innovation
April 2015
Publication

Charting California's Carbon Course

Chris Busch, Energy Innovation
March 2015
Publication

Target 2030: Top Four Climate Policy Recommendations for California

Chris Busch, Energy Innovation
March 2015
Article

在城市规划中掘金 (The Profit Potential of Getting the Urban Fabric Right)

, Fortune China
Publication

Cities for People in Practice

Chris Busch, CC Huang, Energy Innovation
January 2015
Publication

Quantitative Insights into Urban Form and Transport Solutions

Chris Busch, CC Huang, Energy Innovation
October 2014
Publication

Natural Gas versus Coal: Is Natural Gas Better for the Climate?

Chris Busch, Eric Gimon, Energy Innovation
August 2014
Article

The Mystery of the Missing Methane

, LiveScience
Publication

Carbon-Free Prosperity in California: Policies for Success

Hal Harvey, Chris Busch, Energy Innovation
February 2014
Article

States Take National Lead in Regulating Fracking (Op-Ed)

, LiveScience
Article

Urbanization Can Actually Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

, LiveScience
Article

China Must Avoid Overreliance on Cars

, LiveScience
Article

Superblocks: Why China Must Embrace Mass Transit

, LiveScience
Publication

Frack or Fiction

Chris Busch, Energy Innovation
June 2013
Publication

Clean Air and Sustainable Cities in China

Chris Busch, Energy Innovation
March 2013
Publication

Getting Cities Right in China

Hal Harvey, Chris Busch, Energy Innovation
December 2012
Publication

Gearing Up: Smart Standards Create Good Jobs Building Cleaner Cars

Chris Busch, John Laitner, Rob McCulloch, Ivana Stosic, BlueGreen Alliance
June 2012
Publication

Superblocks: Why China Must Embrace Mass Transit

Chris Busch, Energy Innovation
June 2012
Publication

The Upside Hedge Value of California Climate Policy Given Volatile World Oil Prices

James Fine, Chris Busch, Remy Garderet, , Energy Policy
May 2012