Derik Broekhoff

Senior Scientist


Seattle, WA
derik.broekhoff@sei-us.org
skype: derik_broekhoff
+1 (206) 547-4000 x4#

Derik Broekhoff joined SEI as a Senior Scientist in Seattle in June 2015. He has worked on energy and climate policy for more than 18 years, with an emphasis on greenhouse gas accounting, emissions trading, and carbon offsets. His research interests include the effective design and implementation of environmental market mechanisms, along with assessing and enabling climate mitigation policies that go beyond "carbon pricing", especially at the local government level.

He is currently working on an evaluation of how local government actions can complement national policies and increase the ambition of greenhouse gas mitigation targets under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Prior to joining SEI, Derik was vice president for policy at the Climate Action Reserve in Los Angeles, where he oversaw development of the Reserve's voluntary carbon offset program and its transition into California's regulatory cap-and-trade program. Previously, he worked on the Greenhouse Gas Protocol Initiative at the World Resources Institute, where he also managed work on the design of emissions trading programs, registry systems, and standards for carbon offsets. He has advised numerous state, national, and multi-national policy initiatives on carbon accounting and program design, including voluntary and regulatory offset programs and programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+).

He has a master's degree in public policy (MPP) from the University of California at Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in international relations from Stanford University.


Recent Publications by Derik Broekhoff

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Market Mechanisms in the Paris Agreement – Differences and Commonalities with Kyoto Mechanisms

Discussion paper published by the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) at the German Environment Agency

Author(s): Schneider, L. ; Broekhoff, D.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description:

This paper examines how the approaches to market mechanisms in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement compare with the approaches taken in the Kyoto Protocol.


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Robust Accounting of International Transfers under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement – Preliminary Findings

Discussion paper published by the German Emissions Trading Authority (DEHSt) at the German Environment Agency

Author(s): Schneider, L. ; Broekhoff, D. ; Cames, M.; Füssler, J.; La Hoz Theuer, S.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description:

This discussion paper explores key issues and options to ensure robust accounting of international transfers from market mechanisms under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.


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Supply and sustainability of carbon offsets and alternative fuels for international aviation

SEI Working Paper No. 2016-03

Author(s): Bailis, R. ; Broekhoff, D. ; Lee, C.M.
Year: 2016

Research Area(s): Emissions Trading & Offsets

Description:

This paper examines the potential supply of carbon offsets and jet fuel alternatives available to help meet the international aviation sector’s emission reduction needs in 2020–2035. The analysis shows that ICAO can apply high environmental and sustainable-development standards to both carbon offsets and alternative fuels without compromising its 2020 "carbon neutral" goal.


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What cities do best: Piecing together an efficient global climate governance

SEI Working Paper No. 2015-15

Author(s): Broekhoff, D. ; Erickson, P. ; Lee, C.M.
Year: 2015

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This working paper examines the ideal role of city governments under a vertically integrated climate governance system designed to maximize urban mitigation potential. Action by city governments is essential for achieving deep reductions in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While many cities are already engaged in pioneering efforts to achieve such reductions, greater support from national governments could help realize urban mitigation potential more fully, quickly, and cost effectively. With greater policy coordination, cities could focus on roles and actions for which they are highly capable and best positioned.
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What cities do best: How to maximize the role of cities in a low-carbon future

SEI and Bloomberg Philanthropies briefing note

Author(s): Broekhoff, D. ; Erickson, P. ; Lee, C.M.
Year: 2015

Research Area(s): Climate Mitigation Policy

Description: This briefing note summarizes an SEI analysis of the GHG abatement potential in cities in a "vertically integrated" system involving close collaboration with higher levels of government. Action by city governments is essential for achieving deep reductions in global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Previous research has shown that cities – using policy levers already at their disposal – could reduce annual GHG emissions by up to 3.7 gigatonnes (Gt) CO2e in 2030, and up to 8 Gt CO2e in 2050. Many cities are already engaged in pioneering efforts to achieve these reductions. Greater support from national governments could help realize this potential more fully, quickly, and cost effectively.
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