Vice President, Global Climate
Britt Groosman is Vice President Global Climate at Environmental Defense Fund, where she helps shape EDF’s advocacy for environmentally effective and economically sound climate policies, for a low-carbon transition at the pace and scale needed to put the world on a path toward climate safety. This includes our work on reducing deforestation with a particular focus on Brazil; our work in India on low carbon rural development and air quality; and our work in Mexico advocating for an emissions trading system (ETS).
Britt was EDF’s first EU Director in London focusing on fisheries reform. She is an economist recognized for her wide ranging expertise in environmental policy, most notably climate and conservation policy. She is a strategic thinker with a collaborative style pulling together scientists, economists, and policy experts, to analyze and promote sustainable pragmatic solutions to environmental problems.
Britt set up EDF’s first European office in London, setting up a program with operations in Sweden, UK, Spain and Belgium. She was the first European Director for EDF’s Ocean program and lead EDF’s work on Common Fisheries Policy reform in Brussels. She simultaneously worked on the ground in various EU Member States with fishermen and local NGO partners on co-management processes and sustainable management of fisheries.
Britt had joined EDF in 2008 to work on US Federal climate policy and moved on to manage the Office of Economic Policy until 2011.
Prior to EDF, Britt worked as a senior economist at ERM (Environmental Resources Management), and as an economist at London Economics. From 1996 to 1999, Britt was a Researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ghent (Belgium), and has also taught guest courses for the United Nations University Program.
Britt has recently joined the Board of the UK charity Sustainable Inshore Fisheries Trust.
Britt studied Economics (BA) and Law and Economics (MA) at the University of Gent, and Oxford University.
Groosman B., Muller N. and O’Neill-Toy E., The Ancillary Benefits from Climate Policy in the United States, Environmental and Resource Economics December 2011, Volume 50, Issue 4, pp 585-603.
Groosman B. and McCarthy S., Carbon Tax – Flavour of the Day, Environmental Finance, March 2004.
Groosman B., Pollution Tax – entry 2500 in the ‘Encyclopedia of Law and Economics’, published by Edward Elgar, UK, April 2000 (USA - June 2000).
Bouckaert B. and Groosman B., Can Bartolus Save the Tiger? Reflections on the Use of Property Rights for the Land-Based Biodiversity Conservation, Verfassung Und Recht In Übersee, Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America, 32. Jahrgang-4. Quartal 1999, Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, Baden-Baden, Germany.
Co-author of Biodiversity in Development: Best Practice Working Paper, a report for the IUCN (The World Conservation Union), 1999 - 2000.