Dieter Helm – Keynote Speaker

Economist and Energy Expert

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Specialist Subjects

  • The Carbon Crunch and What to Do About it
  • European Energy Policy
  • Climate Change and EU Policy



  • English


Dieter Helm is an economist specialising in utilities, infrastructure, regulation and the environment and concentrating on the energy, water, communications and transport sectors primarily in Britain and Europe. He is a Professor at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of New College, Oxford.

Dieter holds a number of advisory board appointments in Britain and Europe. Current appointments include: Independent Chair of the Natural Capital Committee and member of the Economics Advisory Group to the UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change.

During 2011, Dieter assisted the European Commission in preparing the Energy Roadmap 2050, serving both as a special advisor to the European Commissioner for Energy and as Chairman of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group on the Roadmap. He also assisted the Polish government in their presidency of the European Union Council.

Previous appointments include: membership of the DTI’s Sustainable Energy Policy Advisory Board from 2002 to 2007, the Prime Minister’s Council of Science and Technology from 2004 to 2007, Chairman of the Academic Panel, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs until 2012, and the DTI’s Energy Advisory Panel from 1993 to 2003.

In his hard-hitting book “The Carbon crunch: how we are getting climate change wrong and how to fix it”, Dieter Helm looks at how and why we have failed to tackle the issue of global warming and argues for a new, pragmatic rethinking of energy policy – from transitioning from coal to gas and eventually to electrification of transport, to carbon pricing and a focus on new technologies. Currently he is working on a new book about the implications of shale oil and gas, and new energy technologies.
Dieter is an Associate of the University of Oxford’s Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, and an Associate Editor of the Oxford Review of Economic Policy.

His career to date has spanned academia, public policy and business. He has published extensively on economic topics and provides independent advice to companies, public bodies and governments.

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