Dr. David Crossley has more than 40 years of international experience in the energy sector, providing advice on sustainable energy policy and programs to governments, regulators, energy companies, industry associations, and nongovernmental organizations.
From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Crossley worked with RAP mainly in China, where he provided technical assistance on demand-side management and energy efficiency to governments, regulators, and the electricity industry. He prepared a series of policy papers translated into Chinese for a local audience on topics including energy efficiency as a resource, energy services companies (ESCOs) as a delivery mechanism for grid company demand-side management, and the use of data platforms to identify and verify energy savings in China. He was also the co-author of the only detailed case study of China’s energy efficiency obligation scheme, published both in English and Chinese.
During this period, Dr. Crossley also contributed to RAP’s global projects on policies and regulation to increase the sustainability of energy use and supply, authoring studies on designing and implementing energy efficiency obligation schemes, effective mechanisms to increase the use of demand-side resources, and energy efficiency evaluation, measurement, and verification.
Dr. Crossley continues to contribute to RAP’s global work, including projects on enhancing planning governance to promote the use of renewable energy in southern Africa, improving the performance of the approximately 50 energy efficiency obligation schemes implemented around the world, and developing mechanisms for delivering energy efficiency in the Middle East and North Africa.
Dr. Crossley began his energy career in the 1970s as a researcher at Griffith and Monash Universities in Australia, pioneering social science research on energy policy and consumer energy conservation behavior. Subsequently, he was the inaugural director of energy planning for the Victorian State Government in Australia; the senior executive responsible for demand-side management and energy efficiency in the former Australian electricity utility Pacific Power; and an advisor to the New South Wales State Government in Australia, responsible for planning and establishing the Sustainable Energy Development Authority, the world’s first government agency with a mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Dr. Crossley wrote the demand-side management sections in the original design for the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM) and coordinated national policy on demand-side management and energy efficiency in the development of the NEM. He also served as an advisor during the establishment in New South Wales of the Greenhouse Gas Abatement Scheme, one of the world’s earliest emissions trading schemes; the project director of three multi-national research projects for the International Energy Agency Demand-Side Management Programme; and the team leader for peer reviews of government energy efficiency policies in Chile and in New Zealand for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation forum (APEC).
In March 2012, Dr. Crossley received an Energy All-Star Award from the Australian Alliance to Save Energy for outstanding achievements in moving Australia towards a smarter, cleaner energy sector. He received the Award for Peak Demand Management for his more than 30 years of outstanding leadership in policy and practice in demand-side management both in Australia and internationally.
Dr. Crossley is an honorary associate of the Institute of Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney, where he advises graduate students on their research projects.
Dr. Crossley holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of York in the United Kingdom, a master’s degree from the Australian National University, and a doctorate from Griffith University in Australia. Currently, he is studying for a graduate diploma in indigenous knowledges at Charles Darwin University in Australia.
Currently based in Brisbane, in addition to his work with RAP, Dr. Crossley manages his own consultancy company, Energy Futures Australia Pty Ltd, which he founded in 1996.