International Institute for Sustainable Development

Institut international du développement durable


Senior Economist

Peter Wooders is IISD's Senior Economist for Climate Change, Energy and Trade. Based in Geneva, he has 20 years’ experience across the energy sector, with a particular specialization in electricity generation. Peter’s skills include the ability to analyze complex problems: he has developed a range of computer models including a suite of carbon market simulations covering both the EU and Kyoto systems.

Peter currently contributes to various IISD’s programmes, including Trade & Climate Change, notably Border Carbon Adjustment and the GHG impacts of possible Environmental Goods & Services agreements; Global Subsidies Initiative (fossil fuels and bio-fuels); Post-2012 Architecture of GHG Agreements; Carbon Markets and Climate Change Adaptation.

Initially trained as an engineer, Peter first worked in technology research with British Gas. He then spent 15 years as an Energy & Environment consultant, working on issues from energy efficiency in Hungary to the cost-benefit analysis of clean air policies in Egypt to the economics of nuclear waste disposition in the UK. His clients have included the World Bank, EBRD, various European Commission departments and a wide range of private sector companies.

Prioritizing Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform in the UNFCCC Process: Recommendations for short-term actions
Paper: Virginia Benninghoff, Kerryn Lang, Peter Wooders (August 16, 2013)
A Guidebook to Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform for Policy-Makers in Southeast Asia
Paper: Christopher Beaton, Ivetta Gerasimchuk, Tara Laan, Kerryn Lang, Damon Vis-Dunbar, Peter Wooders (May 30, 2013)
The Cost of Carbon Pricing: Competitiveness implications for the mining and metals industry
Paper: Lucy Kitson, Peter Wooders, Aaron Cosbey (May 17, 2013)
Competitiveness Implications for Mining and Metals
Paper: Lucy Kitson, Peter Wooders, Aaron Cosbey (May 17, 2013)
Exposure of Chinese Exports to Border Carbon Adjustments
Paper: Qiu Wei, Peter Wooders, Lucy Kitson (January 8, 2013)
A Guide for the Concerned: Guidance on the elaboration and implementation of border carbon adjustment
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Susanne Droege, Carolyn Fischer, Julia Reinaud, John Stephenson, Lutz Weischer, Peter Wooders (November 21, 2012)
Reforming Fossil-Fuel Subsidies to Reduce Waste and Limit CO2 Emissions while Protecting the Poor
Paper: Alex Chandra, Tara Laan, Kerryn Lang, Tilmann Liebert, Peter Wooders (November 6, 2012)
India's Fuel Subsidies: Policy recommendations for reform
Paper: Kerryn Lang, Peter Wooders (September 6, 2012)
India's Fuel Subsidies: Q & A
Paper: Kerryn Lang, Peter Wooders (August 20, 2012)
A Citizens' Guide to Energy Subsidies in Nigeria
Paper: Josiah Aramide, Christopher Beaton, Ikechukwu Ejekwumadu, Dr. Folarin Gbadebo-Smith, Olubusola Solanke, Damon Vis-Dunbar, Peter Wooders (August 17, 2012)
Indonesia's Fuel Subsidies: Action plan for reform
Paper: David Braithwaite, Alexander Chandra, Prasetyaning Diah R. L., Ami Indriyanto, Kerryn Lang, Lucky Lontoh, Nataliawati Siahaan, Damon Vis-Dunbar, Bobby A. Wattimena, Unggung Widhiantoro, Peter Wooders (May 1, 2012)
Renewables Readiness Assessment Country Case Study: Senegal
Paper: Peter Wooders, Lucy Kitson (February 17, 2012)
Renewables Readiness Assessment Country Case Study: Mozambique
Paper: Peter Wooders, Lucy Kitson (February 17, 2012)
Subsidies and External Costs in Electric Power Generation: A comparative review of estimates
Paper: Lucy Kitson, Peter Wooders, Tom Moerenhout (September 16, 2011)
Subsidies to Liquid Transport Fuels: A comparative review of estimates
Paper: Chris Charles, Peter Wooders (September 16, 2011)
Border Carbon Adjustments: What Risk for South African Exporters?
Paper: Aaron Cosbey, Peter Wooders (August 31, 2011)
A high-impact initiative for Rio+20: A pledge to phase out fossil-fuel subsidies
Paper: Michael Volpe, Kerryn Lang, Peter Wooders (August 19, 2011)
Exposure Of Chinese Exports To Potential Border Carbon Adjustments
Paper: Wei Qiu, Lucy Kitson, Peter Wooders (July 5, 2011)
Towards a Green Economy: Pathways to Sustainable Development and Poverty Eradication - Enabling Conditions Supporting the Transition to a Global Green Economy
Book: Peter Wooders, Mark Halle, Christopher Beaton, Nathalie Bernasconi-Osterwalder, Aaron Cosbey, Tara Laan, Kerryn Lang, Oshani Perera, David Sawyer, Yasser Sherif (Environics Consulting Firm) (April 5, 2011)
A How-to Guide: Measuring subsidies to fossil-fuel producers
Paper: Kerryn Lang, Peter Wooders (August 4, 2010)
Increasing the Momentum of Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: A Roadmap for international cooperation
Paper: Kerryn Lang, Peter Wooders, Kati Kulovesi (July 6, 2010)
Defining Fossil-Fuel Subsidies for the G-20: Which Approach is Best?
Paper: Kerryn Lang, Peter Wooders (March 31, 2010)
Building Fossil-Fuel Subsidy Reform: Have we got all the blocks?
Paper: Kerryn Lang, Peter Wooders (December 14, 2009)
Clean Energy Investment in Developing Countries: Wind power in Egypt
Paper: Mohamed ElSobki, Peter Wooders, Yasser Sherif (December 7, 2009)
Options for Policy-Makers: Addressing Competitiveness, Leakage and Climate Change
Paper: Peter Wooders, Julia Reinaud, Aaron Cosbey (December 4, 2009)
Border Carbon Adjustment and Free Allowances: Responding to Competitiveness and Leakage Concerns
Paper: Peter Wooders, Aaron Cosbey, John Stephenson (November 10, 2009)
Encouraging Developing Country Participation in a Future Climate Change Regime
Paper: Deborah Murphy, Dennis Tirpak, John Drexhage, Frédéric Gagnon-Lebrun, Jean Nolet, Jo-Ellen Parry, Peter Wooders (July 15, 2009)
International Carbon Market Mechanisms in a Post-2012 Climate Change Agreement
Paper: Deborah Murphy, John Drexhage, Peter Wooders (July 8, 2009)
The Financial Crisis and Our Response to Climate Change
Commentary: Peter Wooders, David Runnalls (November 27, 2008)