Chris Goodall is an English businessman, author and expert on new energy technologies.
He is an alumnus of the University of Cambridge and Harvard Business School (MBA). This was followed by membership of the UK Competition Commission, now part of the Competition and Markets Authority.
Chris is a prolific writer on the subject of sustainability and encompassing a low-carbon lifestyle. He has published over 6 books and was short-listed for the 2020 Wainwright Prize for writing on global conservation.
He is presently writing a book on the 16 remaining obstacles to the energy transition due for publication early in 2024. A previous book ‘What we need to do now’ was one of the FT’s environment books of the year.
He is much in demand in consulting projects for investment funds and private shareholders and speaks at around 20 conferences a year to commercial audiences.
Chris literally puts his money where his mouth is, and has been an active investor in a number of innovative, low-carbon sustainable start-ups.
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Chris was writer-in-residence, Imperial College Business School, 2017-18.
Chris has been Chair of Chargepoint Services, one of the UK’s leading EV charging businesses, and is now on the Advisory Board of the $6bn Pictet Clean Energy fund.
Chris Goodall helped develop the UK’s first employee-owned solar PV installation in 2011 at the Eden Project. He is now a trustee of the project partner, The Ebico Trust for Sustainable Development.
Wide experience of consulting to large organisations and detailed knowledge of cleantech opportunities in the UK and Europe. Recent projects in electric car charging, community renewables, small vertical axis wind turbines, bio-plastics, LEDs and PV.
Chris has spoken at most of the major book festivals plus the Science Museum, the House of Commons & British Library and numerous commercial organisations.
Previously, Chris Goodall has spoken to groups as diverse as a Middle Eastern national oil company, the renewables subsidiary of an international energy company, one of the world’s largest wine companies, the Research Council of Norway, a Dutch supplier of equipment to the offshore oil industry, a university in Germany, a global audit and consulting company and a large sovereign wealth fund.
Chris Goodall both talks and writes about the many options the world can use to move away from fossil fuels, covering energy generation and efficiency both from technical and policy perspectives.
The aim is to provide interesting new ideas, firmly based on quantitative analysis, for both specialist and general audiences communicating with energy, enthusiasm and clarity.
This includes a degree of general science and technology but at a level easily understood by everybody.
The premise of Chris’s talks are from the perspective that it is overwhelmingly important that global decarbonisation is rapid and, second, that the existing companies are well-placed to profitably assist in this transition.
Chris covers this topic in his book ‘The Green Guide For Business
Energy Technologies, Renewable Energy, Carbon Reduction, Sustainability, Climate Change
A particular area of specialisation is the production and use of hydrogen. For example, how will green hydrogen be made? Which electrolyser technologies will dominate? How will hydrogen be stored and transported? Which industries can be easily converted to H2? How much of the gas will be required? Can the world decarbonise almost exclusively by using renewable electricity and green hydrogen?
Previously, Chris has written on hydrogen for CLSA, the Hong Kong-based investment bank.
Chris debunks the idea that a low-carbon world is the responsibility of governments, legislators and pressure groups.
Business and technology is now the prime force pushing the speed of decarbonisation.
It is a misnomer that governments and international organisations will format the fight against climate change. Over the past year, and increasing number of commercial organisations have taken it upon themselves to become the pioneers in the battle to reduce emissions.
Chris is enthralled by communicating ideas in his talks that offer the world a better and lower carbon future with a commercial aspect.