Panaroma_SA21043 Teaching Faculty | Summer Academy ‘Energy and the Environment’ 2013

Climate Change and the Energy Challenge: Integration of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Resources        

The lecturers and moderators of the Summer Academy 2013, which took place in Brussels, are listed below, and can be seen in the image gallery of the 2013 event.

 – Professor Michael Rodi is Professor of Public Law, Finance and Tax Law at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald since 1999 and Director of IKEM. He studied political science, law and economics from 1977 to 1987 in Konstanz and Munich, and was Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Law at the University of Munich. Prof. Rodi was responsible for the design and implementation of a comprehensive ecological tax reform in Vietnam. In addition to lecturing at the University of Greifswald he has provided consultancy services to the German Ministry of Economic Affairs, the German Environmental Agency and the European Union on the topics of tax surcharges, climate change law and financial resource collection respectively. His current focus lies on climate and energy legislation, with a particular emphasis on fiscal instrumental interaction.

– Dr Francesco Sindico is reader in International Environmental Law and Director of the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance. Dr Sindico has a combined expertise in international climate change and energy law and policy, on the one hand, and in international groundwater law, on the other. Both areas are analyzed through the lens of Public International Law. Previously a Lecturer at the School of Law of the University of Surrey, UK, where he also acted as Deputy Director of the Environmental Regulatory Research Group, Francesco holds a PhD in Law from the Universitat Jaume I in Castellon de la Plana, Spain and an LLM in International Law and International Relations from the Universidad Autonoma of Madrid. He has also been an EC Marie Curie fellow at the Institute of Environmental Studies of the Free University of Amsterdam and a visiting researcher at University College London and at the University of Geneva. Francesco is currently Associate Editor of the journal Carbon and Climate Law Review. Dr Francesco Sindico’s research on international climate change law and policy focuses mainly on the interplay between international climate measures and the law of the World Trade Organisation. Francesco has also worked on the links between climate change and security and is currently interested in exploring how climate change per se, and the development of the international climate change regime in particular, may pose challenges to the foundations of Public International Law.

– Michael Mehling  is President of Ecologic, Washington DC. He joined Ecologic Institute in 2004 and was appointed President in April 2008. He is also a manager of the Konrad von Moltke Fund in Washington DC. Trained as a lawyer, he has a strong background in legal and institutional analysis, complemented by several years of experience working in an interdisciplinary setting. Recently, his work has focused on coupling his substantive knowledge of energy and environmental policy with didactical experience to design and implement several multi-year capacity development projects. He is a German and American citizen and has lived for extended periods of time in the United States, Germany, Chile, and Finland. A native speaker of German and English, Michael Mehling is fluent in Spanish, has good command of French and Portuguese, and knows basic Finnish. Michael Mehling has published widely in edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals. Recent books include the co-edited volumes “Bridging the Divide in Global Climate Policy: Strategies for Enhanced Participation and Integration” (2009) and Improving the Clean Development Mechanism: Options and Challenges Post-2012 (2011). He is a contributing author to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and in 2007, he became founding editor of the quarterly Carbon & Climate Law Review, the first academic journal dedicated to climate regulation and the carbon market. Currently, Michael Mehling serves on the Board of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources – United States (IUCN-US), the Program Committee for the Master of Science in Energy Policy and Climate at Johns Hopkins University, and is a Member of Climate Strategies, an international research network focusing on climate and energy policy. He has held academic appointments at Georgetown University (United States), the Universities of Constance and Greifswald (Germany), and the University of Helsinki (Finland).

– Giuseppe Nastasi is law and policy advisor at Client Earth in Brussels.  Mr Nastasi began volunteering at Client Earth in 2010 while doing research for his dissertation examining the design of the EU Emissions Trading System. He now works as a legal advisor in the Climate & Forests program in Brussels, focusing particularly on bioenergy, biomass and biofuels. Mr. Nastasi graduated with honors at the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome. During his degree, he also studied commercial and international law at the Århus University in Denmark. He completed work experience at Füßer & Kollegen Rechtsanwälte  in Leipzig, Germany, a law firm specializing in environmental and planning law. While there he co-authored a paper examining EU rules on biodiversity and the Natura2000 network, published in the environmental law journals EurUP and JEEPL. He speaks Italian, English and French.

-Dr. Dörte Fouquet is lawyer and partner at Becker Büttner Held, and is head of their Brussels office. She studied Law at the University of Marburg and  was a Junior Lecturer at the University of Hamburg Law Faculty and worked for the Ministry for the Environment and Energy of the State of Hamburg. Dr. Fouquet was Partner in law firm Kuhbier, Brussels, specializing in European and International law and consulting on European affairs in the fields of competition, energy, transport and environment before becoming Partner at BBH in 2011. Her practice areas include energy, environmental and competition law.

– David Belis is consultant for Climate change and Environmental Services, Ph.D. at Taishindo Services. He provides consultancy services to academic institutions and research associations. His main research areas are global climate and environmental governance, EU-Asia climate relations and urban environmental governance in the United States. Previously, he was Coordinator of the EU-China Chair at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies and Research Fellow and Project Coordinator at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Leuven. He obtained a masters degree in Chinese Studies and International and Comparative Politics at the University of Leuven.

The Governance of Climate Relations between Europe and Asia: Evidence from China and Vietnam as Key Emerging Economies will be published under the Edward Elgar’s Leuven Global Governance Series in early 2013.

– Niels Ladefoged, Member of Cabinet, Commissioner Hedegaard, EC

– Prof. Tumai Murombo is the Director of the Mandela Institute of Law and Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand, having joined the Law School as a lecturer in June 2006. He previously taught at the University of Zimbabwe, and he is an admitted Legal Practitioner of the High Court Zimbabwe. He is a Beit Fellow, Fulbright Scholar and member of the IUCN Commission on Environmental Law. In 2005 he interned with the Permanent Mission of the FSM to the United Nations rendering advisory services on sustainable development, human rights, marine resources, energy and the environment at the UN HQ in New York. From 2004 to 2005, he was Legal Counsel to the Privatization Agency of Zimbabwe [PAZ]. He is a Co-founder and Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association [ZELA]. Tumai is passionate about and has done research in environmental law, international environmental law, sustainable development law, energy law, biodiversity law, common property rights, and environmental justice. Tumai is currently pursuing a doctorate in law and the regulation of renewable energy in South Africa at Wits.

– Fredrik Erixon is Director of the European Center for International Political Economy (ECIPE), a world-economy think tank based in Brussels co-founded in 2006 together with Professor Razeen Sally. Mr. Erixon is a Swedish economist and writer. One of the leading world economy think tanks in the world, ECIPE has been awarded with several prizes. In 2010 the Financial Times ranked Erixon as one of Brussels 30 most influential people. Fredrik Erixon is the author of several books and studies in the fields of international economics, economic policy, and regulatory affairs (welfare reforms, healthcare competition policy, et cetera). He has also advised several governments in Europe and the rest of the world, and is a frequent speaker at conferences. Prior to starting ECIPE, Erixon was an Adviser to the British government and the Chief Economist of Timbro, a Swedish think tank. He started his career as an economist in the Prime Minister’s Office in Sweden and has later worked as an economist at the World Bank and for JP Morgan as an emerging market analyst. Erixon was educated at the University of Oxford, London School of Economics and Uppsala University.

– Stefan Scheuer is the Secretary General of the Coalition for Energy Savings and Director of a Brussels-based environmental and energy policies consultancy.  He has been involved in EU policy making for over a decade. Together with consultant Matthieu Ballu he will help the Coalition ensure that energy efficiency becomes a top priority in EU energy policies in order to achieve Europe’s 20% energy saving target and get on track for 2050.

– Dr. Tom Vanden Borre is Head of Regulatory&Public Affairs at eni gas&power, which is one of the big players on the Belgian power and gas market ( In that capacity, he is member of the “General Council” of the federal energy regulator (CREG, Commission for the Regulation of Electricity and Gas,

Dr. Vanden Borre is also affiliated senior researcher at the Institute for Environmental and Energy Law (IMER) of the University of Leuven where he teaches International and European Energy Law as well as federal energy law and policy. He wrote his PhD in Law on “liability and insurance of catastrophic risks (nuclear incidents)” at Maastricht University.

Before joining eni, dr. Tom Vanden Borre worked at the European Commission, DG Energy, Unit B2 (Electricity and Gas). Before that, he worked as Chief Counsellor to the President of the Commission for the Regulation of Electricity and Gas (CREG), the Belgian federal energy regulator. He is also former President of the Board of Directors of the Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC). He also has had several positions in other Belgian energy institutions.

Previously Tom Vanden Borre was Head of the Energy Department of the Federal Minister of Energy’s Office; he also was energy advisor to the Belgian Prime Minister (Guy Verhofstadt). He started his career as legal counsel at the Belgian Nuclear Research Centre (SCK/CEN) and Biffa Waste Services.

Dr. Vanden Borre graduated at Gent University – where he participated in the Erasmus program at the Eberhard-Karls Universität (Tübingen) – and the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL).

He is author of several articles on energy and law and policy (European energy policy, nuclear energy, Belgian energy policy,…); he regularly gives lectures at national and international conferences. Tom Vanden Borre is member of the expert group on nuclear liability, established by the European Commission in 2011.

– Alexandra Tudoroiu is Policy Officer at COGEN Europe, the European association for the promotion of cogeneration. Its principal goal is to work towards the wider use of cogeneration in Europe for a sustainable energy future. Cogeneration or Combined Heat and Power (CHP) is the most efficient way to deliver heating, cooling and electricity. It is based on the simultaneous production of electricity and thermal energy, both of which are used. The central and most fundamental principle of cogeneration is that, in order to maximise the many benefits that arise from it, systems should be based according to the heat demand of the application.
COGEN Europe is promoting the widespread development of cogeneration in Europe and world-wide. To achieve this goal, COGEN Europe is working at the EU level and with Member States to develop sustainable energy policies and remove unnecessary barriers to its implementation. Before working at COGEN, Ms. Tudoroiu was Sustainable Development Adviser at UEAPME and worked at the DG Climate at the European Commission.

– Michael Klinkenberg is Policy Analyst at Eurocities where is responsible for the environment forum and energy policy, energy climate and smart cities research.

Eurocities | The origins of EUROCITIES can be traced back to 1986, when a conference organised in Rotterdam on ‘the city, the engine behind economic recovery’ brought together representatives from 11 big cities alongside academics and industrialists. Followed three years later by another major conference in Barcelona in 1989, this signaled the emergence of a core group of six ‘second’ cities which were instrumental in establishing the network: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam.

The group of cities was driven forward by a three key factors: a clear urban focus; sharp political thinking; and existing relationships with the European Community institutions. The rules established membership criteria – ‘open to major metropolitan cities of the member states of the European Community’ – set fees, an executive committee and agreed to set up a secretariat in Brussels. The first Brussels office was opened in 1992 by Commissioner Bruce Millan for regional policy and cohesion. By 1996, membership had grown to over 70 cities. Deep, underlying trends such as the decline of mass manufacturing and an increasingly globalized world, and with the European Union becoming a more significant political and economic influence, its cities were keen to have their voices heard on a European stage. Strong leadership from city mayors such as Rotterdam’s Bram Peper and Leipzig’s Wolfgang Tiefensee and links with the European institutions helped the network to grow in both size and in influence over the years.  In 2012, EUROCITIES held 16 forum meetings, over 80 working group meetings and issued some 30 policy statements, a testament to our continued commitment to the urban cause in Europe.

– Sara Kunkel is Project Manager at Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE). The Buildings Performance Institute Europe (BPIE) is dedicated to improving the energy performance of buildings across Europe, and thereby helping to reduce CO2 emissions from the energy used by buildings. BPIE acts both as an international center of expertise on all aspects of energy efficiency and energy performance in European buildings, and as the European center for the Global Buildings Performance Network created by ClimateWorks. Their main focus lays on policy analysis, implementation and dissemination of knowledge through studies, policy briefs and best practices.  Specifically, BPIE’s goal is to make a significant contribution to the achievement of the 2020 EU targets, namely 20% energy saving and 20% CO2 emission level cut, by contributing to transforming the building market in Europe.

Ms. Kunkel is an architect and certified consultant for energy efficiency in buildings. From 2010 to 2013 she was project manager at BBSR, a governmental research institution in Bonn, Germany where she contributed to the national implementation of the EPBD Recast. She coordinated projects to develop the German nZEB definition and to establish an independent control system for Energy Performance Certificates. The EPBD related cost-optimal calculations were also in her responsibility. In her role at BBSR she was the contact person for international affairs and participated in the Concerted Action EPBD and EDMC meetings. At BPIE, Sara is the new project manager for financing instruments of energy efficiency measures

– Kemal Önel works at the Clean Transport & Sustainable Urban Mobility Unit, DG Mobility & Transport, European Commission. The aim of the Commission is to promote a mobility that is efficient, safe, secure and environmentally friendly and to create the conditions for a competitive industry generating growth and jobs. The issues and challenges connected to this require action at European or even international level; no national government can address them successfully alone. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport works in concert with the European Union Member States, European industry, citizens and stakeholders.

– Tom van Lier is a research associate in the research group MOBI – Mobility, Logistics and Automotive technology (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) led by Prof. Dr. Cathy Macharis. His PhD work focuses on sustainable logistics and calculations of external costs of transport. He is currently also a teaching assistant for the courses Transport and Logistics Management, Operations Research and Operations Management.

– Dr. Aleksandra Novikova is Senior Expert at IKEM (Institut für Klimaschutz, Energie und Mobilität), before which time she was Senior Analyst at Climate Policy Initiative (CPI at the  German Institute of Economic Research (DIW)) in Berlin. Dr. Novikova was Lead Author of the Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which has been awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2007. She was Lead Analyst of the forthcoming Global Energy Assessment (GEA) at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.Dr. Novikova had studied and worked at CEU during 2003-2009.  Her last position at CEU was a senior researcher at the Center for Climate Change and Sustainable Energy Policy (3CSEP), the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. Her research interests include energy security, sustainable energy policy, and climate change mitigation assessment.  Dr. Novikova has worked on the number of projects which relate to energy efficiency, greenhouse gas mitigation, and energy security issues for the UNDP, the UNEP, the European Commission, the Hungarian Ministry of Environment and Water, California Energy Commission,  Russian regional authorities, and other organizations. She is also a Lead Author of the Fourth Assessment Report of the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Working Group III on Mitigation. Her first degree is in Mathematical Methods in Economics, Novosibirsk State University (Russia).

– Dr. Claudia Canevari is Deputy head of the Energy Efficiency Unit, DG Energy, European Commission. The EU is aiming for a 20% cut in Europe’s annual primary energy consumption by 2020. The Commission has proposed several measures to increase efficiency at all stages of the energy chain: generation, transformation, distribution and final consumption. The measures focus on the public transport and building sectors, where the potential for savings is greatest. Other measures include the introduction of smart meters (which encourage consumers to manage their energy use better), and clearer product labelling.Previously, Dr. Canevari was policy assistant of the Director General in DG Communication, member of Cabinet of Commissioner Dimas and coordinating in international negotiations the climate change team of DG Environment.  A lawyer by education, she is admitted to the bar in Italy and she holds an LLM with merit from the London School of Economics.

– John Chandler is a renowned expert in the energy sector, with a background in mainstream power projects, waste and renewables. He was acclaimed in Chambers & Partners 2011 as “a technical guru and one of the strongest waste lawyers” and according to the 2012 edition, “has a long and impressive track record in PFI and PPP work, with a particular emphasis on the waste sector.”

– Edgar van de Brug is Senior Consultant and Representative Ecofys Belgium since early 2007. He focuses on implementing strategies for reducing energy use and costs, renewable energy policies and climate change strategies for the private sector. His specific expertise lies in the field of advising companies on voluntary energy and carbon strategies. An example of this work is support of companies that want to become a WWF Climate Saver. Edgar has supported various companies successfully in such a trajectory. A typical energy and carbon strategy project that Edgar undertakes, may consist of calculating or validating of a product or organization carbon footprint, identifying and ranking carbon abatement measures based on technical and financial criteria, performance benchmarking with competitors, establishing carbon abatement targets, obtaining management buy in through workshops, developing key performance indicators and advising on implementation of carbon emission reduction measures. Through his technical management studies background and project management experience he is very well positioned to support companies in realizing their targets while keeping the broader organizational context in focus. Clients whom he supported with their corporate energy and carbon strategies are: Alliander, Belgacom, Bpost, Philips, Canon, Sara Lee, TNT, Delta Lloyd, UniCredit Group, Stedin, Enexis, Alpro, the Dutch Freshdrinks, Waters and Juices (FWS) sector, Telcel (America Movil), Vodafone Turkey, Dutch Chemical Industry (VNCI) and Port of Rotterdam Authority. Before joining Ecofys, Edgar worked in advisory and (project) management positions for TNT Post B.V. and Business Minds B.V.

– Gergana Miladinova, PhD is a policy officer at the European Commission, Directorate General Energy and is currently in the team that prepared and negotiated the new Energy Efficiency Directive. During the last five years with the Commission, she has participated in the development of various strategic policy documents, including the new European Energy Efficiency Plan and the new Energy Strategy for Europe 2020. Ms Miladinova has also been responsible for the implementation and revision of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive. She has also served as a Member of Commissioner Piebalgs Energy Cabinet where she was in charge of energy efficiency, cohesion policy and environment.

Before joining the Commission she has worked as a researcher and consultant for several organizations in Hungary, Bulgaria, the UK and Germany. She has authored and co-authored a number of publications, reports and book chapters on energy and environmental policies for Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. She did her Doctoral research on policies for distributed electricity generation at Central European University, Hungary and at University of Oxford, UK.

Dr. Veronika Czakó is Scientific Officer at DG Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. Veronika completed her PhD at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University in 2011. Her thesis, entitled “Multilevel governance of climate change action: a comparative case study of front-runner cities in the UK and Hungary” focused on climate policy in the urban context.