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Dr Christophe Mcglade
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  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • Bartlett School Env, Energy & Resources
  • Faculty of the Built Environment
Christophe is an energy systems modeller with extensive experience in using and developing energy models. He completed his PhD at the UCL Energy Institute in 2013, which aimed to characterise quantitatively the uncertainties that have most influence on long-term projections of oil and gas production. Following his PhD, Christophe joined the Institute for Sustainable Resources as a Research Associate and he is currently lead researcher for the Resources and Vectors theme of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).

Prior to joining UCL, Christophe gained a BA and MSci from Queens' College at the University of Cambridge in Theoretical and Experimental Physics. After graduating he joined the multi-disciplinary construction consultancy Capita Symonds working as a Forensic Researcher.

Research Summary

Christophe's research primarily focuses on modelling the use of hydrocarbons in the future global energy system. He works with the global integrated assessment model TIAM-UCL, but also developed a novel bottom-up oil field production model called BUEGO. This models the behaviour of oil production companies choosing to invest in new oil field projects, and, under different scenarios for oil demand, endogenously generates trajectories for the long-term oil price.

He is currently leading the research undertaken within the Resources and Vectors theme of the UK Energy Research Centre. This involves examining the implications for the UK of unconventional oil and gas, and the interactions between different configurations of the energy system, with the supply of, and demand for, water, land and materials, and ecosystem services.

Building on work he undertook for the European Commission looking at unconventional gas resources, he has been examining the role that natural gas could play as a "bridging" fuel to a low-carbon energy system. Recently he has also been investigating the quantities and locations of ‘unburnable' fossil fuels. The greenhouse gas emissions which would be released by burning current reserves of coal, gas and oil vastly exceed the amount that provides an evens or better chance of keeping average temperature rises below agreed thresholds. His work therefore examines the geographical breakdown of the world’s fossil fuel reserves and resources that should remain unused in any transition to a low-carbon energy system. 

Key publications:

Un-burnable oil - an examination of oil resource utilisation in a decarbonised energy system, Energy Policy, 2014 64(1): p.102-112 (with P. Ekins) (Awarded best paper of UK Energy Research Centre Phase II)

Unconventional gas – a review of regional and global resource estimates, Energy, 2013 55(1): p. 571-584 (with J. Speirs and S. Sorrell).
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