Catalisti Day: Tomas Wyns

Moonshot speaker: Tomas Wyns

Pathways and policies for a net-0 greenhouse gas emissions chemicals industry

The presentation will cover the findings of recent publications on deep greenhouse gas emissions technologies and strategies for the chemicals industry and the technological and non-technological challenges ahead. It will further cover a new set of policy instruments across multiple areas and levels of governance that can assist industry in bringing the transition to net-0 greenhouse gas emissions about.

Tomas Wyns is a Senior Researcher at the IES, the Institute for European Studies at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). He is working on European and international climate policies, in particular the design of the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), post 2020 industrial and innovation policy and enhancing global climate action following the 2015 Paris climate agreement.

Tomas has a Master’s degree in Physics and is specialised in international relations and conflict management.

Before joining the IES, Tomas worked for 5 years as a climate policy officer in the environmental administration of the Flemish government in Belgium, responsible for implementing the EU ETS and industrial energy efficiency policies. He then joined the European Climate Action Network where he coordinated European NGO’s activities with regard to Europe’s 2020 climate and energy package. From 2011 – 2013 he directed the Center for Clean Air Policy’s European office. Tomas has been attending the UNFCCC climate negotiations, assisting parties and stakeholders with insights into the development their international climate actions.