A Sheffield Hallam University academic has been appointed as the scientific reviewer for an international programme developing renewable energy policies.

Dr Abhishek Asthana, director of the University’s Hallam Energy research group, has been appointed as a reviewer for The International Energy Agency (IEA)’s Renewable Energy Division.

Every year, the IEA publishes a report on the state of Renewable Energy globally along with analysis and forecasts for the next five years.

Dr Asthana’s contribution is to provide information to the IEA about the local markets and their policies and trends.

Dr Asthana also reviewed IEA’s draft report and provided comments to correct, improve, or add details, before the final report was published.

Dr Asthana said: “Renewable energy is of global importance, and I am honoured to be able to become a reviewer for the IEA as climate change continues to be the most important issue facing the world.

“Tackling climate change should be everyone’s priority, and maximising renewable energy capacity deployment is going to be a priority for each country’s energy strategy in the years to come.”

The appointment comes a month after Dr Aimee Ambrose, a reader in energy policy at the University, was appointed to an IEA programme on engaging with hard-to-reach energy users.

The IEA is an autonomous inter-governmental organisation which works to ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for its 30 member countries as well as others including China, India and Russia. The IEA examines the full spectrum of energy issues including oil, gas and coal supply and demand, renewable energy technologies, electricity markets, energy efficiency, access to energy, and demand side management.