European Commission, Director General for Climate Action
Mr Jos Delbeke (1954, Belgium) has been the Director-General of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Climate Action since its creation in 2010. He joined the European Commission in 1986.
Mr Delbeke has been one of the driving forces in the development and implementation of the EU's commitment under the Paris Agreement on climate change (the 2030 climate and energy package). He is a key player in developing EU legislation on cars and fuels, the Emissions Trading System (ETS), the effort sharing between Member States, legislation related to forestry and land use, and the integrated governance of energy and climate policies. Mr Delbeke has been responsible for developing the EU's international climate change strategy and was for many years the European Commission's chief negotiator at the United Nations climate conferences. He was also instrumental in developing legislation on emissions from big industrial installations, air quality and chemicals (REACH).
Mr Delbeke holds a PhD in economics (1986, Louvain, Belgium) and worked in 1985 at the International Monetary Fund (Washington DC, USA). He has been a guest professor at the University of Louvain on European and international environmental policy since 2013 and became fellow of the Faculty of Economics of KULeuven as of 2016. As an economist, he has always underlined the role of market-based instruments and cost-benefit analysis in the field of the environment.
In 2015, Mr Delbeke co-authored a book entitled "EU Climate Policy Explained" (Routledge), which aims to explain the EU's climate policies in an accessible way.