Corina Comendant

Managing Economist

P: +64 9 909 5810

E: ccomendant@thinkSapere.com

Corina specialises in consulting on issues relating to the economic and governance outcomes of the low-carbon transition. She has advised on carbon markets design and reform, the circular economy, design of a green investment fund, and developing pathways to achieve low-emissions energy use. Corina has worked with policymakers to implement cost-effective instruments to reduce emissions, and with private businesses to build strategies for managing their carbon assets.

Corina also undertakes economic assessment of decisions other than those emissions-related. Recent projects have included assessing the socio-economic benefits of ultra-fast broadband, the equity impacts from the regional and national fuel tax, and the economic benefits of paraquat (herbicide) use in New Zealand.

Corina has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, and an MSc in Environmental Technology (specialising in Environmental Economics and Policy) from Imperial College London. She 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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