School of Transnational Governance

Jos Delbeke

Jos Delbeke

Sustainability Cluster  

 

Jos Delbeke(1954, Belgium) is Professor at the European University Institute in Florence and at the KU Leuven in Belgium. He was the Director-General of the European Commission's DG Climate Action from its creation in 2010 until 2018. He holds a PhD in economics (Leuven).

Jos Delbeke was heavily involved in setting the EU’s climate and energy targets for 2020 and 2030, and was a key player in developing EU legislation on the Emissions Trading System (ETS), cars and fuels, air quality, emissions from big industrial installations and chemicals (REACH). As an economist, he underlined the role of market-based instruments and of cost-benefit analysis in the field of the environment. He has been responsible for developing Europe's International Climate Change strategy and was for several years the European Commission's chief negotiator at the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties. In that capacity he played a key role on the EU's implementation of the Kyoto Protocol and in the negotiations on the Paris Agreement.