David Livingston

Energy and Climate Program
Livingston is an associate in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on trade, markets, and risk.


BA, University of Southern California
MSc, University of Oxford



English; French; Spanish


David Livingston is an associate in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on trade, markets, and risk. He previously worked at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and served as an adviser to the director of the Energy and Climate Change Branch of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization in Vienna. He has consulted for a number of organizations on projects relating to climate change, green growth, and stranded assets.

Livingston is a member of the Aspen Institute, the International Association for Energy Economics, and the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House). He was selected as a Future Energy Leader for the 2014-2017 term of the World Energy Council, and currently serves on the Council’s Task Force on Alternative Transport Fuels.

  • Op-Ed Diplomat November 20, 2014
    The Oil Slick on the Road to China-U.S. Climate Cooperation

    Without cooperation on oil, China’s transition to a sustainable energy future is hardly guaranteed.

  • Op-Ed Hill November 15, 2014
    The Bumpy Road Beyond Oil

    Only the most innovative, efficient, and fiscally sustainable electric vehicle policies will survive in a low oil-price environment.

  • Other Publications World Energy Council October 21, 2014
    Alternative Transport Fuels: Consumer Attitudes in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Consumers in Latin America and the Caribbean are sending a strong signal to decisionmakers that a transition to an alternative transport fuel future is not only warranted, but desirable.

  • Op-Ed Hill August 1, 2014
    Green Goods Trade Talks Offer Route to Climate Progress

    Negotiations on an environmental goods trade agreement between more than a dozen of the world’s leading economies could prove a significant step toward addressing climate change.

  • Op-Ed Hill December 19, 2013
    Transatlantic Trade Negotiations And Oil

    The EU must be prudent when dealing with the diverse array of global oils and petroleum products that will soon come knocking. Any attempt to regulate should be scientifically rigorous, non-discriminatory, and avoid unnecessary barriers to trade.

  • Export shale revolution, not gas itself.
    Op-Ed Scientific American February 25, 2013
    Export Shale Revolution Rather Than Gas

    While many export applications await approval to ship U.S. gas abroad, Washington should prioritize exporting the technology and expertise needed to responsibly replicate American shale success in other parts of the world.

  • Oil revolution may help US China relations.
    Op-Ed Energy Tribune January 28, 2013 中文
    United States Should Welcome Chinese Energy Investment

    Domestic politics have stifled how the United States and China handle energy investment from one another. As the dynamics of the U.S. and Chinese energy sectors change, new opportunities for cooperation will arise.

  • Paper September 17, 2012
    Policy Priorities for Advancing the U.S. Electric Vehicle Market

    There has arguably never been a more pressing time for advancing the electric vehicle market. New policies are needed to motivate manufacturers, consumers, and states.

  • Op-Ed Economic Observer April 12, 2012
    Carbon Trade Lessons from the EU

    China’s fledgling carbon markets can best succeed on the national level by heeding Europe’s mistakes.

  • Op-Ed Diplomat February 17, 2012
    China Holds Key to Climate Change

    The nature of the climate challenge in the immediate future will be determined by China and the world’s largest carbon emitters—not U.N. summits.

  • February 18, 2014 Brussels
    EU Energy Exchange

    The EU could serve as a bridge to a more balanced approach to future energy supply and demand policies, infrastructure investments, and market outcomes.

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