Steven Knell

Vice President, Power & Renewables Consulting


  • Power and renewables

Steven is a Vice President and Head of Wood Mackenzie’s Power & Renewables Consulting division for Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Russia and Caspian.

A new addition to the Wood Mackenzie Energy Transition Practice Power & Renewables Consulting team, he has spent the last 16 years with Global Insight/IHS CERA/IHS Markit. In his most recent role there, Steven served as a Senior Director in IHS Markit’s Energy and Climate Scenarios capability, where he provided thought leadership on global climate policy, GHG emissions forecasting and energy transition strategy. Notable activities of late in that role included:

  • Country Climate Analytics: Developed G20 country climate policy analytics, including sector-specific GHG regulatory risk assessments for power, oil & gas, and transport;
  • Paris Agreement pathways: Led production of 1.5 degree consistent total energy balance low emissions cases to 2050 for research subscription clients;
  • Long-term scenario planning: Managed project modelling a global 2 degree consistent energy and emissions outlook to 2100 for leading North American oil producer;
  • Emissions benchmarking: Managed project benchmarking upstream emissions intensity for Middle Eastern NOC;
  • TCFD implementation: Established climate disclosure framework for power and oil and gas company activities and Task Force for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) implementation.

Prior to that role, Steven was a research manager for IHS Markit’s flagship energy transition advisory service. Earlier in his career, he covered Asian oil, gas, coal and power markets and served as a carbon specialist in IHS CERA’s European Power and Gas research and consulting team.

He holds a PhD in International Relations from the University of Sussex, where his dissertation focussed on climate change politics and energy economics; a Masters of Science in International Relations from the London School of Economics and Political Science; and a BA from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Steven works out of Wood Mackenzie’s London office.