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Gregory Trencher

Kyoto University

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Gregory Trencher is an Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Global Environmental Studies, Kyoto University. His research specializes in innovation processes and policies for advancing urban sustainability and transitioning to a sustainable energy system and electric mobility. He is also examining divestment and decarbonization strategies in fossil-fuel centric industries. At the same time, he leads a project on the phase-out of environmentally unsustainable substances, technologies and processes. Finally, he conducts research on urban sustainability, with an interest in smart cities aimed at solving social challenges.


Focus areas of expertise

Greenwashing Net Zero Fossil fuels

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Li M, Trencher G, Asuka J (2022) The clean energy claims of BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell: A mismatch between discourse, actions and investments. PLoS ONE 17(2): e0263596. **Open access**

Edianto, A., Trencher, G., Matsubae, K. (2021) “Why do some countries receive more international financing for coal-fired power plants than renewables? Influencing factors in 23 countries”. Energy for Sustainable Development 66: 177-188. **Open access**

Trencher, G., Rinscheid, A., Duygan, M., Truong, N., Asuka, J. (2020) “Revisiting carbon lock-in in energy systems: Explaining the perpetuation of coal power in Japan”. Energy Research and Social Science. 69, 101770. **Open access**

Kurniawan, R., Trencher, G. Edianto, A. Setiawan, I., Matsubae, K. (2020) Understanding the multi-faceted drivers of increasing coal consumption in Indonesia, Energies 13(14): **Access**

Trencher, G. Downie, C. Asuka, J., Hasegawa, R. (2020) Divestment Trends in Japan’s International Coal Businesses. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. **Access**

Trencher, G., N. Healy, K. Hasegawa, Asuka, A. (2019) “Discursive resistance to phasing out coal-fired electricity: Narratives in Japan’s coal regime”. Energy Policy, 132, 782-796. **Access**