Eric Williams is the Principal Economist at the Global CCS Institute and is based in the Gold Coast, Australia. Eric has over 20 years of experience and leads economic analysis at the Institute. He is developing the Global Economic Net Zero Optimization (GENZO) model, a 24-region model with detailed representation of CCS options and other advanced low-carbon technologies.
Prior to joining the Global CCS Institute, Eric served as a Senior Climate Advisor to the President of KAPSARC, an energy think tank, where he wrote an influential paper on circular carbon economy that became the foundation of Saudi Arabia’s engagement on climate change in the 2020 G20 and beyond, as well as Saudi Arabia’s Circular Carbon Economy National Program.
In addition to these roles, Eric has worked as a Consulting Policy Analyst for the OECD in Paris, France, as an Energy/Environmental Economist at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, and as a director of the Climate Change Policy Partnership at Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment and Sustainability. At Duke University, Eric also led an interdisciplinary team on CCS research that culminated in a pipeline routing optimization model.
Eric has published on a wide range of topics covering energy, climate and policy in peer-reviewed journals and in technical and non-technical reports. He has presented at UNFCCC COP meetings, other UN meetings, G20 meetings, conferences, and to government agencies. Eric holds a MALD in Development Economics and International Environmental Policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a BA in economics from the University of Kentucky.