About the Author


DR BERT METZ  has vast experience in the field of climate change policy. He served as the coordinator of climate policy at the Netherlands Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment and chief negotiator for the Netherlands and the European Union in the international climate change negotiations from 1992 to 1998.

He was elected co-chairman of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Assessment Report (1997-2002) working group on climate change mitigation and was re-elected to serve as co-chair of the Fourth Assessment Report (2002-2008), for which the IPCC received the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

At the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency from 1998 to 2005, he led the group on climate change and global sustainability. He has published a large series of national and international policy analyses on climate change and sustainability (see publications page).

Since retiring, he is serving as advisor to the European Climate Foundation and is a member of various advisory panels. The European Association for Environmental and Resource Economists awarded him the 2009 European Practitioner Achievement Award for application of environmental economics.