Jeremy Leggett is Founding Director of Solarcentury, one of the world’s most admired solar energy companies, and Founder and Chair of SolarAid, a charity set up with 5% of Solarcentury’s annual profits. He is also chair of Carbon Tracker, a financial think tank focussed on risk in carbon fuel investment that has won global traction with its arguments since 2011. In his first career, Leggett was an award-winning earth scientist on the “other side” of energy: on the faculty at the Royal School of Mines, Imperial College, researching among other things shale deposits, funded among others by BP and Shell.
Described by the Observer as “Britain’s most respected green energy boss,” he has been an Entrepreneur of the Year at the New Energy Awards, and a CNN Principal Voice. His many awards include the US Climate Institute’s Award for Advancing Understanding, UK Climate Week's Most Inspirational Person Award, Outstanding Individual Award at the 2013 international Solar Industry Awards, Champion of the Year in promoting the green economy at the 2014 Business Green Leaders Awards. In 2015, he won a Gothenburg Prize for Sustainable Development and Outstanding Individual Award at the Solar Power Portal Awards. He was the first person to be appointed a Hillary Laureate for International Leadership on Climate Change (2009).
He is author of five books, all of them critically-acclaimed: The Carbon War (2000), an eye-witness account of the climate negotiations in the 1990s; Half Gone (2005), an account of the interaction between oil depletion and climate change; The Solar Century (2009), a vision of the solar revolution; and The Energy of Nations: Risk Blindness and the Road to Renaissance (2013). His latest book, The Winning of the Carbon War, is a front-line account of energy and climate between 2013 and 2015, ending on the last night of the Paris Climate Summit. He is a contributor to the Guardian and the Financial Times.