C.V. For Dr John Morris


Managing Director, International Energy Consultants
e-mail: jmorris@energyconsultants.com.au

Dr Morris has over 25 years of experience working in the IPP industry in the Asia-Pacific region, in addition to seven years in the upstream oil & gas sector.

He has held senior positions for several IPP power majors and has developed and managed numerous large IPP projects in Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam & Australia. Dr Morris is recognised as an expert in deregulated power markets.

Prior to a career in the power industry, he lived and worked as an oil exploration geologist in areas ranging from Burma to Spitzbergen. He holds a PhD in Geology from the University of Canterbury.

Employment History

1999 – Now          International Energy Consultants (Managing Director)
1997 – 1999         InterGen (Country & Project Manager – Singapore)
1995 – 1997         InterGen (Country & Project Manager – Indonesia)
1994 – 1995         BHP Power (Development Manager – Australia)
1993 – 1994         BHP Power (Project Manager – Vietnam)
1992 – 1993         BHP Petroleum (Chief Geologist – Vietnam)
1991 – 1992         BHP Petroleum (Senior Geologist – New Ventures Asia/Pacific)
1989 – 1991         Shell International (Senior Geologist – Burma)
1987 – 1989         Shell International (Exploration Geophysicist – Africa & Middle East)


1987 PhD in Geology – University of Canterbury (NZ)
1983 BSc (Hons – First Class) in Geology – University of Auckland (NZ)

In 2015, upon signing the Paris Climate Agreement, all nations around the world set themselves the goal of limiting global warming to below 2.0°C (preferably 1.5°C) compared to pre-industrial levels. Climate scientists now almost universally agree that once the 1.5°C limit is reached, our planet’s climate will experience irreversible and catastrophic changes. Humans have not faced such an existential threat for 75,000 years (when we nearly became extinct).

The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming concluded that the planet’s atmosphere can absorb no more than 420 gigatonnes (Gt) of additional CO2, if we are to stay below the 1.5°C threshold. Around 42Gt of CO2 is currently emitted globally each year (equal to 1332 tonnes per second) by human activity, which means that the 1.5°C budget is expected to be exhausted by 2028. Once we hit that threshold, there is no going back.

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