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Gary Kendall, PhD Biography

Former Director of the Energy Sector and Climate Change Program at Sustainability
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Can Alternative Energy Effectively Replace Fossil Fuels?"

“A century of economic and social development has been made possible by a transport sector – enabling the movement of goods, services, and people – which remains ninety-five percent dependent on the combustion of liquid hydrocarbon fuels derived from crude oil…

Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plug‑in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) –supplemented by sustainable biofuels for range extension – can dramatically reduce the crude oil dependency of automotive transport in an efficient and sustainable manner. While most of the world’s primary energy will be supplied by fossil fuels in the short‑ to medium‑term, the inherent energy efficiency of the electric powertrain means that the electron pathway can be more efficient than the liquid pathway for any given resource, all else being equal. In other words, electric vehicle technology means that there can
be no justification for the wasteful and carbon-intensive conversion of coal or natural gas into liquid transportation fuels.”

“Plugged In: The End of the Oil Age,”, Mar. 2008

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Strategy & Sustainability Specialist, 2013-present
  • Deputy Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), 2011-2013
  • Director, Energy Sector and Climate Change Program, Sustainability, 2010-present
  • Senior Energy, Business and Policy Analyst, World Wildlife Fund (WWF), 2006-2008
  • Former Business Development Manager, ExxonMobil (China) Investment Co. Ltd, 2005-2006
  • Former Regional Market Advisor, ExxonMobil Petroleum & Chemical, 2002-2004
  • Former Territory Manager, Esso Petroleum Co. Ltd., 2000-2002
  • Former Product Development Chemist, Mobil Oil Company Ltd., 1997-2000
  • PhD, Physical Chemistry, University of Liverpool (UK), 1997
  • BSc, Chemistry, University of Liverpool, 1994
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Quoted in:
  1. Should Hydrogen Be the Dominant Energy in the US?