Professor Peter Taylor


Peter Taylor has over twenty years of experience working on a wide range of energy and climate change issues. He is currently Professor of Sustainable Energy Systems in the Centre for Integrated Energy Research, a joint venture between the faculties of Engineering and Environment. He is also a member of the UK Energy Research Centre and the Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy.

Peter’s work focuses on interdisciplinary research combining science, technology, economics and policy to enhance the understanding of, and policy responses to, the challenges of accelerating the transition to sustainable low-carbon energy systems. His main areas of expertise include energy systems modelling, technology assessment and technology policy analysis and his research has been funded by the EPSRC, ESRC, Centre for Low Carbon Futures, Chesshire-Lehman Fund and Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Prior to joining the University of Leeds, Peter was Head of the Energy Technology Policy Division at the International Energy Agency in Paris from 2007 to 2011, responsible for high profile publications such as the bi-annual Energy Technology Perspectives and the Energy Technology Roadmap series. In an earlier consultancy career, he was Technical Director of a major UK energy and environmental practice.

Peter graduated from the University of Nottingham in 1990 with a BSc in Physics, Applied Physics and Electronics and subsequently gained both an MSc in Environmental Technology (1991) and a PhD in Energy Policy (1995) from Imperial College, London.


  • Co-leader of Energy Leeds

Research interests

Current research projects include:

Consortium for Modelling and Analysis of Decentralised Energy Storage (PI)

UK Energy Research Centre - Phase 3 (co-I)

Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (co-I)

Assessing the Innovation Process for Energy Storage (co-I)

The Use of Whole Energy System Analysis in Decision-making Across Scales (co-I)

Student education

Teaching energy and climate related topics on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the School of Chemical and Process Engineering and the School of Earth and Environment.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Integrated Energy Research
  • Energy Leeds
  • Clean Combustion
  • Low Carbon Energy