James Ha - Grattan Institute

Staff Profile

James Ha is an Associate at Grattan Institute. In the Energy and Climate Change Program, he developed an economic model of the National Electricity Market, published on the feasibility of achieving net-zero emissions in the electricity sector, and analysed green manufacturing opportunities for Australia, particularly using hydrogen to produce low-emissions steel.

In the Transport and Cities Program, he helped produce two reports on congestion charging, and one on the remarkable capacity of Australian cities to adapt to high levels of population growth. James’ main research interest is in finding practical policy solutions to address climate change. This interest was piqued by a study abroad program he undertook at Oxford University’s Smith School, which focused on how governments and markets can work together to deliver environmental change.

James has previously worked as a science communicator and freelance data analyst. He has a Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and a Concurrent Diploma of Mathematical Sciences (Statistics) from the University of Melbourne.


The National Electricity Market will soon be coal-free

With a mostly renewable system, the NEM will be able to maintain a reliable electricity supply while slashing carbon emissions cheaply.

23.11.2021 News

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