Prior to this position, Richard was climate policy advisor at the OECD; he co-authored Aligning Policies for a Low-Carbon Economy (2015), and Investing in Climate, Investing in Growth, a report to the German presidency of the G20 (2017). He also managed the Round Table on Sustainable Development, a high-level public-private forum on strategic environmental questions, including the decarbonization of electricity, stranded assets, public procurement for low-carbon innovation, and corporate reporting.
Before joining the OECD, Richard was the head of climate change at the IEA where his work included international negotiations, carbon market mechanisms, industrial competitiveness and sectoral approaches, and the role of electricity in climate mitigation. He also worked at IDDRI where he developed the climate policy and competitiveness work area.
Richard Baron held research positions at CIRED in France and at the Pacific Northwest Laboratory in the USA. He is a member of the Economic Council for Sustainable Development, an advisory group to the French Minister for ecology, sustainable development and energy. He holds a business degree from Ecole Supérieure des Sciences Economiques et Commerciales and an advanced degree in theoretical and applied economics from DELTA (Paris School of Economics).