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 by Chris Busch

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California Cap-And-Trade Auction Sells Out At Record Price, Most Allowances Ever Sold In One Auction

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Analysts Worry California Climate Change Program Is Doing Too Well

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California Cap-And-Trade Auction Sets Record Price

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Final California-Quebec Carbon Auction Of 2017 Sells Out At Huge Premium Despite Heftier Supply

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Emissions Fall Under California's Cap-And-Trade Program

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Emissions Fell Last Year. That's Good News For Gov. Brown

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California Considers A Ban On Gasoline And Diesel Car Sales. Can It Work?

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California Lawmaker Aims To Ban Gasoline Car Sales

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California, Quebec, Ontario Ink Deal to Join Carbon Markets

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Carbon Market For Sustainable Growth

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California Pollution Permits Sell At Highest Price Ever

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California Cap-And-Trade Program Gets A Shot In The Arm With Strong Permit Auction Results

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California’s Cap-and-Trade Program Gets Boost From Sold-Out Auction

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California Auction Raises $640 Million for Greenhouse Gas Fund

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California Sees Strong Results From Cap-And-Trade Auction After Program Extension

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Nearly $1 Billion In Pollution Permits Fly Off Shelf In California Auction

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Last Week’s, Remaining WCI Auctions Through 2020 To Sell Out, Analyst Predicts

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California Cap-And-Trade Extension To Boost Auctions

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Brown Signs Cap And Trade Extension, Schwarzenegger Blasts Trump

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California Lawmakers Send 10-Year Carbon Trading Extension to Governor

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Will You End Up Paying More For Gas Under California’s Cap-And-Trade Extension?

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Ahead Of The Vote, The Environmental And Fiscal Impacts Of Extending CA’s Cap-And-Trade

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California Lawmakers Aim For Cap-And-Trade Vote Next Week

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California's Cap-And-Trade Compromise Is A Big Step Forward, Not A Win For Polluters

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For Experts, California Carbon Market Extension May Bring More Questions Than Answers

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Cap-and-trade key to green energy future

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Greens see oil industry fingerprints on climate legislation

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Governor Brown wades into California cap-and-trade debate with new draft proposals

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Cities: Making the smart choice for people and businesses

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China-California Climate Cooperation: A New Model For States, Nations In The Trump Era

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Q&A: Price floor key to California auction results

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California climate program has struggled. Why the billion-dollar rebound?

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California sees a rebound in cap-and-trade auction, bolstering key climate change program

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The Power Of Fundamentals: Why CA's Carbon Allowance Auction Will Rebound

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Brown heading to China to promote climate policies

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California governor wants cap-and-trade deal by June

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Offset providers say new carbon-pricing bill is 'horrific'

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Linking Ontario to the Western Climate Initiative

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NACW 2017 - North American Carbon Market Forecast

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Demand Falls In First 2017 California-Quebec Cap-and-Trade Auction, But Set To Rise Through 2020

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

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Carbon Prices Rise In California's Cap-And-Trade Program As Legal Certainty Grows

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California’s power to trump climate denial

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Viewpoint: CCA market set to recover, if it survives

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Demand for carbon allowances rebounds in latest auction

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What California’s History-Making Climate Laws Mean For Emissions Policy

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What California's Ambitious Climate Bills Mean for Policy

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California’s history-making new laws and what they mean for climate policy

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

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Future uncertain over cap-and-trade auctions

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California Cap-and-Trade: A Success in Disguise

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COMMENT: California’s cap-and-trade program – the crisis that wasn’t

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Planeación Urbana Sustenable Para la Ciudad de Mexico

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Climate and Energy Policy Solutions for China: Executive Summary

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Climate Policy for the Real World

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

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California’s Cap and Trade Law Is a Success

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

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Look to California for Greener Urban Growth

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

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Cities: Making the smart choice for people and businesses

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How Sustainable Cities Can Drive Business Growth

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Smart Growth Can Cure California’s Congestion Crisis

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California’s International Model For Climate Success

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The California Climate and Clean Energy Policy Story

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Moving California Forward - Full Report

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Green & Smart Urban Development Guidelines

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12 Green Guidelines

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A Mobility Plan in Los Angeles

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

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Moving California Forward - Summary for Policymakers

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The Good News About Higher California Carbon Prices

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Cities for People: Insights from the Data

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Cutting California Emissions by 40 Percent: A Blueprint for Climate Leadership

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Charting California's Carbon Course

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Target 2030: Top Four Climate Policy Recommendations for California

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

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Cities for People in Practice

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California Jobs Rise With Green Energy

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

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The Mystery of the Missing Methane

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The Mystery of the Missing Methane

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Carbon-Free Prosperity in California: Policies for Success

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

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Urbanization Can Actually Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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China Must Avoid Overreliance on Cars

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Superblocks: Why China Must Embrace Mass Transit

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Frack or Fiction

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Clean Air and Sustainable Cities in China

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Getting Cities Right in China

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Superblocks: Why China Must Embrace Mass Transit

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Banner Quarter For Cap-And-Trade Program, After Lawmakers Extend It