David Livingston

Energy and Climate Program
Livingston is an associate in Carnegie’s Energy and Climate Program, where his research focuses on innovation, 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 innovation, markets, and risk. Prior to joining Carnegie, David gained experience at the World Trade Organization in Geneva and at the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) in Vienna. He has consulted for a number of organizations on projects relating to climate change, green growth, and stranded assets.

Livingston is also an adjunct lecturer at the University of Southern California, teaching a course on energy markets and policy at the University’s Washington, DC center. 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 Rules of Trade & Investment.

Livingston is also a nonresident associate of Carnegie Europe in Brussels, and serves as a member of the Unconventional Hydrocarbons Network, an advisory committee to the European Commission. He is a member of the Royal Institute for International Affairs (Chatham House) and the International Association for Energy Economics. In addition, he serves on the advisory board of SXSW Eco and a number of social enterprises.

  • March 11, 2016 Washington, DC
    Arctic Leadership—From Washington to Helsinki

    This year marks the twentieth anniversary of the Arctic Council, with the United States handing over its rotating chairmanship to Finland. How can environmental and economic imperatives be balanced over the long-term?

  • January 15, 2016 Washington, DC
    Green Finance and the G20—The Quiet Revolution

    Panelists explored how policy is being used to align the financial system with sustainable development and the scope for further leadership from the United States in the year ahead.

  • The Road Through Paris: Online Q&A on the Outcome
    December 14, 2015 Virtual
    The Road Through Paris: Online Q&A on the Outcome of COP21

    Experts from Carnegie and the University of Calgary will discuss the results of the COP21 Climate Change Talks.

  • December 11, 2015 Paris, France
    Oil and Climate Change in the Twenty-First Century

    The International Energy Agency forecasts that oil will remain the world’s largest energy source for the next several decades, even as action on climate change ramps up. What roles will regulation, innovation, and competition play in the oil sector in the years ahead?

  • October 14, 2015 Washington, DC
    Negotiating Energy in TTIP: A Conversation with Petros Sourmelis

    Trade negotiations surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership could facilitate progress on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks, but much more needs to be negotiated before the transatlantic deal is finalized.

  • Carnegie Oil Initiative at SXSW Eco
    October 7, 2015 Austin, Texas
    Carnegie Oil Initiative at SXSW Eco

    Renewable energies are displacing natural gas and coal, but they are not yet displacing oil at scale. Whereas wind and solar power the electric grid, oil powers transport. Until the day that alternative fuels dominate not only the roads, but also the skies and seas of the world, we will not be able to wean off oil completely.

  • September 30, 2015 Washington, DC
    The G7 and Decarbonization: Long-Term Thinking and the Road Ahead

    In order to accomplish the G7's announced goal to fully decarbonize by the end of this century, member states need to focus on long-lived infrastructure and policy decisions rather than year-to-year changes in energy or emissions balances, as well as the direct financial flows to decarbonization-friendly investments.

  • September 16, 2015 Stockholm, Sweden
    Alternative Fuels in the New Age of Oil

    The Oil-Climate Index is a critical tool for the alternative fuel sector.

  • July 6, 2015 Washington, DC
    Modernizing Energy Security—A Transatlantic Approach

    As the United States assumes the role of a major energy producer and partial exporter, key thinkers in the U.S. and the EU are looking to modernize the transatlantic partnership as a foundation for greater collaboration on twenty-first century energy and security challenges.

  • Energy
    June 16, 2015 Brussels
    Toward A New Transatlantic Energy Security Strategy

    The United States and the EU should identify tools and mechanisms to help manage the intersection of energy and security in the transatlantic context.

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