Bert Metz is an ECF Fellow, focused on science and policy issues. He is a member of several scientific advisory boards of international institutes and projects.
Bert brings extensive experience as former co-chairman of the Climate Change Mitigation Working Group of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) from 1997 to 2008. (The IPCC received the Nobel Peace Prize for its work in 2007.) He also was climate change coordinator of the Ministry of Environment of the Netherlands and chief negotiator for the Netherlands and the European Union on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol, as well as head of the Global Sustainability and Climate Change Division of the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. In addition, he taught at Central European University in Budapest and Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria and served as Environmental Counsellor at the Netherlands Embassy in Washington, DC.
Bert holds a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a PhD in Biotechnology from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. He has published many IPCC books and scientific articles and in 2010 Cambridge University Press published his book, Controlling Climate Change. He received the Environmental Economics Practitioner Award from the European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists in 2009.