John Byrne

John Byrne

Director & Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy, University of Delaware and Chairman & President, Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment

John Byrne is president of the Foundation for Renewable Energy and Environment (FREE), an international organization established to promote a better future based on energy, water and materials conservation, renewable energy use, environmental resilience, and sustainable livelihoods. He has contributed to Working Group III of the United Nations-sponsored Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) since 1992. The Panel was awarded the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. He is also Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Policy (CEEP) and Distinguished Professor of Energy and Climate Policy at the University of Delaware. Dr. Byrne serves on the Committee of Chairpersons of the World Council for Renewable Energy, is a visiting scholar at Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, and is a visiting faculty member at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (China Energy Group, International Energy Analysis Department). He serves on the Seoul International Energy Advisory Council, providing analysis in support of the ‘Solar City Seoul’ initiative that will install 1 GWp of solar power in the city by 2022, making it the largest urban PV installation in the world. He has published 19 books and over 170 research articles.

Dr. Byrne conceived the Sustainable Energy Utility (SEU) model, co-chaired the nation’s first SEU (created by the Delaware General Assembly) during 2007-2012, and helped to develop the first tax-exempt bond sale in 2011 with a rating of AA+. The SEU has received U.S. White House recognition as part of the country’s Better Buildings Challenge, is recommended by the Asia Development Bank to its members for affordable green energy development, and was recognized for its innovation in green energy investment by the International Energy Agency in the 2016 edition of its Energy Technology Perspectives series. Dr. Byrne’s work has been funded by the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP, ADB, the Asia Foundation, the Blue Moon Fund, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, among others.  Dr. Byrne is co-editor in chief of the invitation-only journal, WIREs Energy and Environment, a reference work published by Wiley & Sons and is the editor of the book series Energy and Environmental Policy, published by Routledge.