Janet L. Sawin, Senior Fellow

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Department: Research
Title: Senior Fellow

Janet Sawin is a Senior Fellow at the Worldwatch Institute. She joined Worldwatch in 2002, shortly after earning Master's and Doctoral degrees from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where she studied energy and environmental policy. Her doctoral thesis examined the impact of government policy on the development and diffusion of renewable energy technologies.

While at Worldwatch, Janet has advised policymakers from the United States, China, and elsewhere on renewable energy policies and policy design and has provided guidance on drafts of China's renewable energy law (2005) and U.S. Congressional legislation. She authored the Thematic Background Paper on National Policy Instruments for the 2004 International Conference for Renewable Energies in Bonn, Germany, and provided strategic guidance for the 2008 U.S. Department of Energy report 20% Wind Energy by 2030. Janet was research director and a lead author of the REN21 Renewable Energy Global Status Report 2012 and was the key U.S. correspondent for the six previous REN21 status reports. In late 2008, she was selected as a Lead Author of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Special Report on Renewable Energy and Climate Change Mitigation, published in late 2010.

Before graduate school, Janet worked briefly on the staff of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and for the University of California's Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Carleton College in Minnesota with a degree in Economics.


Selected Publications

Renewable Revolution: Low-Carbon Energy by 2030. A Worldwatch Institute study published in association with Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership and The Fletcher School at Tufts University. (co-author)

"An Enduring Energy Future," in Worldwatch Institute, State of the World 2009: Into a Warming World (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2009). (co-author)

Renewables Global Status Report: 2009 Update (Paris/: REN21 Secretariat, 2009). (Research Director and co-lead author)

Biofuels for Transportation: Global Potential and Implications for Sustainable Agriculture and Energy in the 21st Century. A Worldwatch Institute study published in association with BMELV, FNR and GTZ (London: Earthscan, 2007). (co-author)

"National Policy Instruments," in Assmann, Laumanns, and Uh, eds., Renewable Energy: A Global Review of Technologies, Policies and Markets (London: Earthscan, October 2006). (Update of Thematic Background Paper 3 prepared for International Conference for Renewable Energies, Bonn, Germany, 2004)

American Energy: The Renewable Path to Energy Security (Washington, DC: Worldwatch Institute and Center for American Progress, September 2006). (Lead Author and Project Director)

Mainstreaming Renewable Energy in the 21st Century, Worldwatch Paper 169, (Washington, DC: Worldwatch Institute, May 2004).

Additional contributions to Worldwatch Institute State of the World reports include the following chapters: "Charting a New Energy Future" (2003), "Making Better Energy Choices" (2004), "Changing the Oil Economy" (2005), "Cultivating Renewable Alternatives to Oil" (2006), and "Energizing Cities" (2007).