Thomas M. Kerr

Thomas M. Kerr
Senior Energy Analyst
International Energy Agency

Thomas Kerr is a Senior Energy Analyst at the International Energy Agency (IEA) Secretariat in Paris. He manages the IEA energy technology roadmaps project, which is developing a series of global roadmaps to accelerate the most important low-carbon energy technologies that are needed to address climate change. He is also contributing to the IEA Energy Technology Perspectives series, providing analysis and policy recommendations for areas like technology transfer, behavioral aspects of clean energy technology solutions, and air and water pollution impacts of clean energy technologies. He is an expert on carbon capture and storage, efficient energy supply technologies and policies, methane emissions and recovery technologies and policies, and energy research and development policies. Mr. Kerr authored the IEA publications the CCS Roadmap (2009), CO2 Capture and Storage: A Key Carbon Abatement Option (2008) and Legal Aspects of CO2 Storage – Updates and Recommendations (2007). Prior to this position, Mr. Kerr was the Chief of the Energy Supply and Industry Branch in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Air and Radiation in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Kerr chaired the American Bar Association’s Sustainable Development, Ecosystems, and Climate Change Committee in 2005-2006, and served as Vice Chair of the Renewable Energy Resources Committee. In 2007, Mr. Kerr was one of the many experts who received a Nobel Peace Prize certificate from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in recognition of his work to develop the IPCC methodology for methane emissions from waste.

Mr. Kerr received a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, a law degree from DePaul University College of Law, and a master's in International Environmental Law from Georgetown University Law Center. He has a wife and two sons.

Recent Events

December 15, 2010

ITIF and other leading policy think tanks host a day-long conference to ask the hard questions about energy technology policy and innovation in America.