Corina Comendant

Senior Consultant

P: +64 9 909 5810

E: ccomendant@thinkSapere.com

Corina has experience in environmental research and economic reform, and her skills include policy analysis, qualitative and quantitative research, financial analysis and stakeholder engagement.

She has a strong interest in research at the intersection of climate change and economic transformation, with a focus on the regulatory instruments needed to ensure more sustainable economies, and the changes needed in the financial sector to support the low-carbon transition.

Prior to joining Sapere, Corina worked for the London School of Economics, Endava and the Foreign Investors Association in Moldova.

Corina holds an Honors degree in Economics from Harvard University (Cum Laude Diploma in Field), as well as a Master of Science (Distinction) from Imperial College, London. Corina has also passed the CFA Level 1 exam.

My publications

Sapere was engaged by the Productivity Commission to investigate the potential for the electricity sector to contribute to the goal of a low-emissions future in New Zealand. Our paper was produced to support the Commission’s draft report on transitioning to a low-emissions economy. A final report will be presented to the Government in August 2018. ...

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Gary Blick and Corina Comendant were commissioned by the Sustainable Business Network to provide a view on the potential economic benefits of a circular economy for Auckland. Simply put, a circular economy involves keeping resources and products in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them while in use, and then ...

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Dr Stephen Batstone and Toby Stevenson spoke at the recent Downstream 2018 conference on “Transitioning to zero net emissions by 2050: Moving to a very low-emissions electricity system in New Zealand”. Stephen and Toby presented the findings of the work a team from Sapere have completed for the Productivity Commission. This work aims to identify ...

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The Ministry for the Environment commissioned Sapere to analyse the current information provision in the New Zealand Emissions Trading Scheme. The report offers recommendations on what, how and when information needs to be provided to the market to improve its efficiency. ...

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Sapere was engaged by Chorus to estimate in monetary values the benefits to consumers from Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB). The intent is to establish a baseline and stimulate further interest in an area that is under-researched. It is a contribution to the discussion and debate, rather than the final word. This report complements earlier work ...

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Sapere Research Group was commissioned by Trustpower to analyse, and explain the consequences of, the lack of joined up thinking in regulation and decision making across the energy, water, environmental nexus in New Zealand. Toby Stevenson, Dr Stephen Batstone and Corina Comendant look at why a lack of joined up thinking may reduce the contribution ...

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In this report, prepared for the BusinessNZ Energy Council, we consider whether the electricity sector is meeting five enduring public policy objectives that seem enduring for policymakers across countries and time. We consider whether the objective is being achieved today and whether it is likely to be achieved given emerging influences. The five policy objectives ...

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