The future role of gas in a decarbonized energy system

Martin Roach


What was my dream when I was little?

When I was a kid, I was always curious about how others around the world lived. I thought a shortcut to discovering this more could be achieved through becoming an airplane pilot to visit far and wide. Eventually I learned other career pathways were equally intriguing!

What am I doing when I am not working on my PhD?

My free time is usually meant for cooking, exercising, socializing and sightseeing. A healthy lifestyle has really allowed me to thrive, friends and family keep me happy, and travel brings fresh perspectives.  

What is my PhD about?

My PhD is centered on how the gas industry will transform along with the greater energy system to meet ambitious climate, energy and economic objectives. A closer integration and interdependence between the electricity and gas sector is already underway. In our research we have designed an economic equilibrium model to address research questions in light of technological, policy and regulatory changes. As natural gas is a fossil fuel, the use of renewable gases are being investigated and have been incorporated into our model, e.g. hydrogen.

Why is this important for practice?

To date, only limited amount of academic economic research has addressed the gas industry. The development of a stylized model enables us to conduct regulatory impact analyses which can yield practical insights related to future policy decisions on market design.

How do I like to be remembered after my PhD?

I’m convinced life is more about the path than a destination, a PhD in this regard is no different for me. I’d like to be remembered for leading at the front of this new topic which is gaining increasing attention from policy-makers, the energy industry and academia.

How do I see my future?

I see a future in working on strategic energy issues from an interdisciplinary perspective and with a continuous learning mindset.

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