Dr Matthew Brander

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Lecturer in Carbon Accounting and Director, MSc Carbon Finance

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Phone: +44(0)131 6515547
Room: 2.41


Profile

Background

Matthew has moved to academia from a career in consultancy, with over seven years' experience in greenhouse gas accounting and climate change policy appraisal.

He has worked on projects for the UK's Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the Department for Transport, the Scottish Government, and the Government of Norway, as well as numerous corporate clients. He is on the peer-review panel for Defra's conversion factors for company reporting, and the ISO working group for the revision of ISO 14064-2 for project-level greenhouse gas assessment.

Matthew has also participated as a member of two GHG Protocol technical working groups, one for the Policy and Actions Standard, and the second on green power accounting.

He has a PhD in Carbon Accounting from the University of Edinburgh, an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, an MSc by research in philosophy, and an MA in philosophy.

Research interest terms

  • Environmental consultancy

Research interests

My research interests are in greenhouse gas (carbon) accounting, focusing on the variety of methods and standards that are available, and the appropriate use-context of those methods. I have a particular interest in exploring the distinction between attributional and consequential methods, and the applying that distinction to understand the conceptual nature of different carbon accounting methods.

I am also interested in the issue of green power accounting, and the importance of additionality for ensuring corporate greenhouse gas accounts are accurate and relevant to decision making. A working paper on this issue is available:

Read 'The impact of contractual emission factors on the accuracy and relevance of corporate greenhouse gas accounts'.

My further interests are in greenhouse gas accounting for bioenergy, and the emerging field of water accounting.

Group membership

PhD Supervision

Matthew is supervising 2 PhD students


Publications

Comparative analysis of attributional corporate greenhouse gas accounting, consequential life cycle assessment, and project/policy level accounting: A bioenergy case study

Brander. (2017) Journal of Cleaner Production.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Conceptualising attributional LCA is necessary for resolving methodological issues such as the appropriate form of land use baseline

Brander. (2016) International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.
Contribution to journal: Article
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The attributional-consequential distinction and its applicability to corporate carbon accounting

Brander and Ascui. (2015).
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

The Implications of Empirical and 1:1 Substitution Ratios for Consequential LCA: Using a 1% Tax on Whole Milk as an Illustrative Example

Chalmers, Brander and Revoredo-Giha. (2015) International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 20 (9). 1268-1276.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Response to “Attributional life cycle assessment: is a land-use baseline necessary?” – Appreciation, renouncement, and further discussion

Brander. (2015) International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 20 (12). 1607-1611.
Contribution to journal: Comment/debate
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Transposing lessons between different forms of consequential greenhouse gas accounting: lessons for consequential life cycle assessment, project-level accounting, and policy-level accounting

Brander. (2015) Journal of Cleaner Production.
Contribution to journal: Article
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Response to the Greenhouse Gas Protocol’s Consultation on Draft Scope 2 Guidance

Brander, Ascui, Houston, Gillenwater and Kerr. (2014).
Other contribution: Other contribution
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Global Protocol for Community Scale Greenhouse Gas Emissions: a trial application in the West Highlands of Scotland

Brander, Carstairs and Topp. (2014) Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management 3 (3-4). 149-165.
Contribution to journal: Article
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The impact of contractual emission factors on the accuracy and relevance of corporate greenhouse gas accounts

Brander. (2013).
Working paper: Working paper
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The role of the land biosphere in climate change mitigation

House, Bellarby, Bottcher, Brander, Kalas, Smith and Woods. (2012). 202-244.
Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding: Chapter

Accounting for indirect land-use change in the life cycle assessment of biofuel supply chains.

Tarka Sanchez, Woods, Akhurst, Brander, O'Hare, Dawson, Edwards, Liska and Malpas. (2012) Journal of the Royal Society Interface 9 (71). 1105-1119.
Contribution to journal: Article

The use of substitution in attributional life cycle assessment.

Brander and Wylie. (2011) Greenhouse Gas Measurement and Management 1 (3-4). 161-166.
Contribution to journal: Article
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