Chris Goodall

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Chris Goodall.
Chris Goodall helping at the Winter Green Fair, Oxford, 2009.

Christopher Frank William Goodall (born 29 December 1955) is an English businessman, author and expert on new energy technologies. He is an alumnus of St Dunstan's College,[1] University of Cambridge, and Harvard Business School (MBA).[2]

His début book How to Live a Low-Carbon Life, won the 2007 Clarion award for non-fiction.[3] His second book, Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate, was one of the Financial Times’ Books of the Year, first published in 2008 it was revised and updated in 2010.[4][5] His third book, The Green Guide For Business, was published in 2010 by Profile Books.[6] Goodall also wrote Sustainability: All That Matters, which was published in 2012 by Hodder.[7]

In July 2016, a new book - The Switch - was published by Profile Books, focusing on solar, storage and new energy technologies.[8]

Goodall was the Green Party parliamentary candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon in the 2010 general election.

On the issue of UK's energy mix, Goodall considers that nuclear power has a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Goodall has said "Including nuclear power in this mix will make a low-carbon and energy-secure future easier to achieve."[9] However, he opposed the construction of the UK's only proposed nuclear power plant, Hinkley C.[10]

Goodall helped develop the UK’s first employee-owned solar PV installation in 2011 at the Eden Project.[11] He is now a trustee of the project partner, The Ebico Trust for Sustainable Development.[12]

The website Carbon Commentary, which is part of the Guardian Environment Network, is owned and operated by Goodall.[13] Through Carbon Commentary he publishes a free weekly newsletter on clean energy around the world.[14]

Goodall has also contributed a number of articles to the Guardian,[15] the Independent,[9] and the Ecologist[16] among others. He has also spoken at literary festivals around the UK, at the British Library, the Science Museum and many universities.[17]


  1. ^ Acknowledgments, Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate
  2. ^ Back cover, How to Live a Low-Carbon Life
  3. ^ "Chris Goodall". Profile Books. 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Goodall, Chris (27 November 2008). "The 10 big energy myths". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ten Technologies to Fix Energy and Climate". Profile Books. 2008. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  6. ^ "The Green Guide For Business". Profile Books. 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sustainability: All That Matters by Chris Goodall". 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Switch". Profile Books. 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  9. ^ a b Goodall, Chris (23 February 2009). "The green movement must learn to love nuclear power - Commentators - Voices -". The Independent. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  10. ^ Monbiot, George; Lynas, Mark; Goodall, Chris (18 September 2015). "We are pro-nuclear, but Hinkley C must be scrapped". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  11. ^ "Eden Project and Ebico team up to launch UK’s first staff-owned solar programme". Eden Project. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  12. ^ "Trustees". The Ebico Trust for Sustainable Development. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  13. ^ "Carbon Commentary · About". Carbon Commentary. 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Carbon Commentary · Contact". Carbon Commentary. 2016. Retrieved 11 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "Chris Goodall". The Guardian. 2013. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  16. ^ Goodall, Chris (15 July 2016). "Solar on the best UK sites is competitive with cheap coal". The Ecologist. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  17. ^ "Chris Goodall". A-Speakers. 2016. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 

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