Roger Raufer

Roger Raufer

Resident Professor of Energy, Resources and Environment
Energy, Resources and Environment


  • Energy Issues
  • Environmental Issues

Background and Education

Joining the Hopkins-Nanjing Center faculty in 2014, Roger Raufer is a consulting engineer with more than forty years of experience in the environment/energy field. He has extensive experience in obtaining environmental permits for conventional boilers, combustion turbines, district heating, digester gas cogeneration, waste combustion, and other energy-related projects. In addition to private-sector experience, he also served as Technical Advisor for the United Nations' Division for Sustainable Development in New York for four years (2001-2005). He has worked as a consultant for the UN addressing energy/environmental issues in China since 1990, and for the World Bank and US AID in numerous countries around the world. 

Dr. Raufer holds a PhD in Energy Management and Policy from the University of Pennsylvania, with one of the very first doctoral dissertations addressing emissions trading (1984). He also holds degrees in chemical engineering, environmental engineering, and political science. He formerly taught at Penn, has lectured every summer for more than twenty-five years at the IFP School in Paris, and also regularly lectures at GE's 'Oil and Gas University' in Florence, Italy. A registered Professional Engineer in a number of US states, he has written two books on the role of emissions trading in environmental management.

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The brave new w...

The brave new world of environmental economics—complete with pollution markets, emission brokers, and commodity auctions of emission allowances—has been developing in the U.S. for several decades. This book traces the evolution of such environmental management techniques in industrial Philadelphia. Initially as a greene country towne, the city's development led to significant pollution concerns, including rivers filled with sewage, typhoid deaths, and smoky plumes from coal combustion. Technological pollution controls improved conditions, but blunt regulatory tools eventually evolved into more refined economic approaches.

This book describes that transition and the economic mechanisms that have emerged in recent decades, as well as prospective markets for ozone precursors, greenhouse gas emissions, and environmental risk (potentially offering what one pundit labeled cancer futures). In doing so, it presents a comprehensive overview—from old to new—of urban environmental management.

The authors arg...

The authors argue that present American policy for pollution control is inadequate because it does not account for institutional biases. The authors demonstrate a methodological approach to the acid rain issue whereby emissions trading could be performed through a controlled leasing policy instead of outright trades.