Podcast | 15 Dec 2023

COP28 Roundup: More action needed, and more quickly | Greenomics – Ep. 6

Sarah Nelson

Senior Economist, Economics & Sustainability

A climate, sustainability and economics podcast from Oxford Economics

This week marks the end of the 28th climate Conference of the Parties (COP28) in Dubai. More than 100,000 people gathered to discuss, debate, and decide action on climate change, at least in theory. COP28 brought some positive shifts in global funding for loss and damage but fell short of the transformative change many had hoped for. In this episode, Sarah is joined by Dr Matt Winning and Dr Karla Cervantes Barrón to discuss the takeaways from COP, what they mean for businesses and emerging economies, and whether COP is the right forum for decisive action.  

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Sarah Nelson

Senior Economist, Economics & Sustainability

+44 (0)203 910 8000

Sarah Nelson

Senior Economist, Economics & Sustainability

London, United Kingdom

Sarah is a Senior Economist in the Economics & Sustainability team at Oxford Economics. She works with clients to understand their environmental impacts and dependencies, and helps them achieve their sustainability goals. She has professional and research experience in the economics of decarbonisation, energy policy and environmental and economic impact assessments.

Prior to joining Oxford Economics, Sarah worked in economic consulting in Sydney and London, where she worked on energy regulation, anti-trust, carbon forecasting and social welfare assessments. She holds Bachelor’ degree in economics and physics from the University of Auckland, and a Masters in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. Sarah completed a PhD in climate economics and policy from the University of Cambridge in 2021.

Karla Cervantes Barrón

Postdoctoral research associate

Private: Karla Cervantes Barrón

Postdoctoral research associate

Dr Karla Cervantes Barrón is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Cambridge, where she works in the Climate Compatible Growth programme to investigate impacts of the low carbon shift in energy and transport systems. Karla also works with country partners to develop policy-relevant analysis in Low-and Middle-Income countries. CCG is funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Development Office. The views expressed in this material do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies. 

Private: Matthew Winning

Dr Matthew Winning. Matt is Head of Climate Research at Oxford Economics and an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. His academic research focuses on climate policy and mitigation and has been cited in the latest IPCC AR6. He also hosted the BBC Radio 4 series Net Zero: A Very British Problem and wrote the science comedy book Hot Mess: What On Earth Can We Do About Climate Change. 

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