25 February 2013

Liberia: Energy Expert Contributes to Global Scholarly Book

Liberia's energy expert Christopher Neyor is a features contributor in a new textbook published in January 2013 by Oxford University Press under the auspices of New York University (NYU) School of Law and its Institute of Public Integrity.

The scholarly book "The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy" was edited by Michael Livermore, Executive Director of the Institute of Public Integrity and Law Professor at NYC and Richard Revesz, Dean and Lawrence King, Professor at NYU School of Law.

Of the 36 contributors to The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy, Mr. Neyor was one of two African contributors, the other, a professor of Economics at the University of Cape Town. Authors are primarily high-level academicians, tenured professors and Think Tank scientists from major universities around the world including the United States, Brazil, Mexico, Europe, China, India and Australia.

Mr. Neyor's article in the book, "Assessing Potential Carbon Revenue from Reduced Forest Cover in Liberia", was coauthored with Professor Eric Werker of Harvard Business School and three executives of Conservation International (CI) including CI Liberia Country Director Jessica Donovan. The article presented through in-depth analysis the cost and benefit of conserving Liberia rich rain forest as a carbon emission reduction strategy. The article overall proposes forest conservation as part of Liberia's National Energy Policy of a low carbon emission development strategy.

Mr. Neyor and Dr. Eric Werker presented the published paper at a conference of scholars in Abu Dhabi in late 2010 with rave review. At the time, Mr. Neyor was Adviser on Energy, Environment and Climate Change to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Cost-benefit analytical techniques are widely used in advanced countries to weigh the various impacts of policy alternatives. In an effort to globalize cost-benefit analysis in environmental policy, the book "examines how cost benefit analysis can help developing and emerging countries confront the next generation of environmental and public health challenges by presenting relevant case studies where cost-benefit has been incorporated in the Americas, Africa, Middle East and Asia".

The Globalization of Cost-Benefit Analysis in Environmental Policy will be a useful text for graduate students studying environmental law or science, economics or public health.

Mr. Chris Neyor had previously served as Managing Director of the Liberia Electricity Corporation pre civil war and most recently was President and CEO of the National Oil Company of Liberia. He was a visiting scholar at the Center for Energy and the Environment of the University of Pennsylvania in the early 1990's. Mr. Neyor is an Energy Economic product of the University of Denver and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University.

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