Experts' profiles - Emmanuel Ackom
Emmanuel Ackom

Emmanuel Ackom earned his PhD in Environment and Resource Management specializing in renewable energies and their potential for poverty alleviation in rural Ghanaian communities. Emmanuel has about 14 years working experience in teaching, research, project management, capacity building in 4 countries (across three 3 continents) namely Ghana, Germany, Denmark and Canada.

Currently, Emmanuel is a Senior Scientist and Manager at the UNEP DTU Partnership (formerly UNEP Risø Centre (URC)) where he manages the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) which is facilitated by UNEP. Under GNESD, Emmanuel implemented the Policy Dialogue Panel where GNESD member centres work with governments, decision makers and senior researchers in Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, India, Thailand, Brazil and Argentina on energy access issues. He is also the URC country manager for adaptation and mitigation projects in Ghana including the Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) and the Facilitating Implementation and Readiness for Mitigation (FIRM) projects respectively.

He is presently working with stakeholders and the government of Ghana to develop comprehensive low carbon development strategy and NAMAs on bus rapid transit and energy efficiency under the FIRM project. His academic research is mainly in the energy policy area with a focus on environmental sustainability of bioenergy systems and how to properly undertake bioenergy activities. Emmanuel was invited to review Ghana's renewable energy policy paper which became a bill and was later passed into a law in year 2011. Additionally, he reviewed Ghana's policy paper LPG 50% which aims to increase liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in domestic fuel mix to 50% by 2020 (from current level of 18%). Emmanuel also provides input to global analytical effort and roundtable discussions on energy access and low carbon development.

Since 2012, he has been a regular reviewer of the IEA World Energy Outlook publications and the REN21 Global Status Reports. He previously coordinated the International Energy Agency (IEA) Bioenergy Task 39. Emmanuel is a steering committee member of the Low Emission Development Strategy Global Partnership (LEDS GP) and GNESD. He successfully completed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Canada where he subsequently worked as a Faculty Research Associate. Emmanuel is an editorial board member of the Carbon Management and Sustainability Journals. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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