Chris Kardish

Senior Manager of Industrial Decarbonization, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions

Chris Kardish was a Senior Manager of Industrial Decarbonization at the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES), where he conducted research and advocated for solutions to decarbonize industrial and manufacturing sectors of the economy. He worked to develop climate mitigation policies and help companies decarbonize through the Renewable Thermal Collaborative, a coalition dedicated to deploying sustainable solutions to energy-intensive heating and cooling processes.

Prior to joining C2ES, Mr. Kardish was an Advisor and Project Manager at the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), an intergovernmental group on emissions trading systems in Berlin, and adelphi, a Berlin-based sustainability consultancy that hosts the ICAP secretariat. At ICAP and adelphi, he convened ICAP member governments on shared challenges of carbon leakage risk and competitiveness of trade-exposed industries and researched design options and implementation challenges of border carbon adjustments. He also tracked developments in North American cap-and-trade systems.

Mr. Kardish’s earlier professional experiences include journalism and an international development consultancy that works with major foundations and multilateral organizations. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin, where he completed thesis work as a visiting researcher at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, and a bachelor of arts in journalism from Ohio University.

Posts by Chris Kardish

Blog Post
2023: A game-changer for carbon and trade
A Building Block for Climate Action: Reporting on Embodied Emissions

Greenhouse gases can be emitted across various stages of a product’s life cycle, from raw materials and manufacturing to disposal. These emissions are often referred to as a product’s “embodied emissions.” Currently, the most common way of reporting product-level data …

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The rise of carbon-based trade policy
Carbon Border Adjustments: Considerations for Policymakers

Carbon border adjustments, also referred to as “carbon border adjustment mechanisms” (CBAM), are an emerging set of trade policy tools that aim to prevent carbon-intensive economic activity from moving out of jurisdictions with relatively stringent climate policies and into those …

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Build Back Better for Climate and Energy