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Marc Torra

Nationality
Australian & Spanish (Catalan)

Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration & Management from the University of Barcelona

Master’s degree in International Development from RMIT University

Contact details

Marc Torra is a part time Ph.D. Student at ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. He combines his studies with his job as a development practitioner specialised in the financial and economic analysis of on-grid and off-grid renewable energy electrification projects in South countries.

PhD programme

Resources, Environment and Development

Topic title

Applying ecological economics to increase sustainability in off-grid electrification

Topic description

Marc is designing a conceptual framework and related methodology for integrating financial performance into the environment. The framework seeks to complement double-entry accounting for a better analysis of the impact that finance can have on the environment, society, governance, and the local economies.

The double-entry system from which financial accounting derives is based on the opposition between revenues and costs, the complementarity between equity and liabilities, and the duality they define with assets. Marc considers that extending the same approach to non-financial accounting creates the commodification of nature, society, and its institutions.

Instead, he proposes a methodology for non-financial accounting based on:
1. Understanding how nature-based products and services define the environment.
2. Finding the existing correspondences between natural and manufactured products, and between ecosystem and human services.
3. Identifying the resonance (i.e. impact) between human activities and the environment.

In such interpretation of the environment, there is no distinction between human and non-human. Instead, they define a continuum, adopting an approach inspired in the cosmologies of indigenous peoples rather than the Aristotelian dichotomy between humanity and nature. Neither it is an accounting of intrinsic value but the accounting of the existing relationships between that which is accounted and the rest. This results in the integration of financial performance into the environment, rather than the other way around.

Scholarships and fellowships

Marc has been awarded funding from the SciTech4Climate program of the Australian DFAT to integrate the conceptual framework and related methodology into the prototype of a web platform he is developing for managing projects, proposals and investment portfolios. The platform aims at mobilising institutional investment towards infrastructure projects in South countries. Once ready, the platform is first to be tested in off-grid electrification projects, which is where Marc holds most of his professional experience.

Employment history

2021 Bolivia - Feasibility studies of a hybrid solar-diesel mini-grid for Guayaramerin- IADB
2021 Ethiopia - Feasibility studies for greening UNHCR infrastructure in Ethiopia- UNHCR
2020 Rwanda - Elaboration of feasibility studies for 30 mini-grids and a mini-grid rollout plan- AfDB
2020 Haiti - Developing a strategy for the electrification of 52 communities with solar mini-grids - WB, IADB
2020 Haiti - Investment in a 2 to 5 MW grid connected PV system with battery storage - WB, IADB
2019 Honduras - Evaluation of a power grid extension financed with concessional credit - Finnish Gov. 2019 Indonesia - Design of s strategy for an Insonesian RESCO platform - Hivos, MCC
2018/19 Suriname - Design a business model for electrifying maroon communities from the interior - IADB
2017 Colombia - Design a business model for electrifying 108 schools in Nariño province - IADB
2017/18 Sierra Leone - Regulatory Strengthening and Tariff Development - MCC
2017 Rwanda - Designing an evaluation framework for the distribution of a pico-solar - Embrace Solar
2015/16 Belize - Capacity Development in Renewable Energy Policy and Mapping in Belize - EuropeAid
2015 Peru - Energy and Environment Partnership with the Andean Region - Finnish Gov.
2013/14 Guinea Bissau - Financial analysis of Bambadinca Sta Claro solar mini-grid - EuropeAid
2012 CARICOM Energy Efficiency Guidelines for Office Buildings in Tropical Climates - GiZ
2012 Pacific - Design a bottom-up community programme for 15 Pacific Countries - EuropeAid
2012 Jamaica - Design of a Feed-in Tariff for Renewable Energy in Jamaica - WB
2011 Kiribati - Prepare feasibility studies for $2.5 Million investment on PV generation - WB
2005/09 Pacific - Support to the Energy Sector in five ACP Pacific Islands - EuropeAid
2001/05 Kiribati - Support to the Energy Sector in five ACP Pacific Islands - EuropeAid
1998/99 Mexico - Logistics manager at 3 autocomponent manufacturing plants - Ficosa Internacional
1996/97 India - Investment promoter at the Spanish Embassy in New Delhi - ICEX
1995 Colombia - Design a collaboration program between the university and private sector - AECI
1993/94 Spain - Internal auditor at the Barcelona’s metro and bus company

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Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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