Ben Caldecott

Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment
University of Oxford
Hayes House
75 George Street

Programme Director, Stranded Assets Programme, and Research Fellow

Ben Caldecott directs the Stranded Assets Programme, which works to understand the risks that result in stranded assets, where environmentally unsustainable assets suffer from unanticipated or premature write-offs.

These risks are poorly understood and are regularly mispriced, which has resulted in a significant over-exposure to environmentally unsustainable assets throughout our financial and economic systems. The Stranded Assets Programme creates the tools and frameworks needed for investors, businesses, regulators and policy makers to address these challenges.

Ben Caldecott has been recognised as a leader in his field by the US Department of State and Who's Who, and as 'a leading thinker of the green movement' by The Independent. Ben is concurrently Head of Government Advisory at Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), the provider of insight, data and news on the transformation of the energy sector. Ben provides thought leadership on climate change, clean energy and sustainability to governments, international institutions, NGOs and universities.


Recent Relevant Publications: 


Chapters in Books

  • Caldecott, B.L. (2013) Green conservatism: energy policy, economic growth and electoral success. In Shorthouse, R. & Stagg, G. (editors) Tory modernisation 2.0: the future of the Conservative Party. Bright Blue (London, UK).
  • Caldecott, B.L. & Cameron, J. (2011) Sustainability and the financial system. In Schwab, K. (editor) The global competitiveness report 2011 – 2012. World Economic Forum (Geneva, Switzerland).
  • Caldecott, B.L. (2010) Rational environmentalism? Towards an honest, trustful and more cost-effective climate change policy. In Caldecott, B.L. & Lingard, T. (editors) Conservatism in a changing climate. Green Alliance (London, UK).

Selected Reports

  • Caldecott, B.L., Howarth, N., Kaminker, C. & Stewart, F. (2013 – forthcoming) Institutional investors and green investments: healthy scepticism or missed opportunities? Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (Paris, France).
  • Jones, A., Allen, I., Silver, N., Howarth, C., Cameron, C. & Caldecott, B.L. (2013) Resource constraints: sharing a finite world - implications of limits to growth on the actuarial profession. The Actuarial Profession (London, UK) and Anglia Ruskin University Global Sustainability Institute (Cambridge, UK).
  • Caldecott, B.L. & Dickie, I. (2011) Habitat banking: scaling up private investment in the protection and restoration of our natural world. Climate Change Capital (London, UK) and eftec (London, UK). Foreword by Stanley Johnson.
  • Caldecott, B.L. (editor, 2009) Litterbugs: how to deal with the problem of littering. Campaign to Protect Rural England (London, UK) and Policy Exchange (London, UK). Foreword by Bill Bryson.
  • Caldecott, B.L. (editor, 2009) A wasted opportunity: getting the most out of Britain’s bins. Policy Exchange (London, UK).
  • Caldecott, B.L. & Tooze, S. (2009) Green skies thinking: promoting the development and commercialisation of sustainable bio-jet fuels. Policy Exchange (London, UK).

Journal Articles

  • McGlashan, N., Workman, M., Caldecott, B.L. & Shah, N. (2012) High level techno-economic assessment of negative emissions technologies. Process safety and environmental protection: official journal of the European Federation of Chemical Engineering. Institution of Chemical Engineers (London, UK).