Samuel Thomas

Senior Advisor, Consultant

Sam is a senior advisor to RAP’s Europe team. He has 25 years of experience working as a public policy analyst, the last 17 in the energy and climate fields.

Since joining RAP in 2018, Sam has worked closely with the European Commission, providing advice on the recast of the Energy Efficiency Directive, and with several European countries developing energy efficiency policy measures.

Between 2014 and 2018, Sam led the International Energy Agency’s analytical work programme on energy efficiency. His role included overseeing production of the annual Energy Efficiency Market Report—the IEA’s flagship publication on energy efficiency—and facilitating international cooperation on energy efficiency policy.

Earlier, as deputy director and head of climate change economics in the U.K. government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change, he led the analytical work underpinning the U.K.’s Low Carbon Transition Plan, energy efficiency and fuel poverty strategies, and a wide range of climate and energy efficiency policies.

Alongside his work for RAP, Sam is Head of Secretariat for the User-Centred Energy Systems Technology Collaboration Programme by the IEA.

Sam holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the University of the West of England as well as a master’s in economics from the University of London’s Birkbeck College.