Dr. Zsolt Lengyel

Dr. Zsolt Lengyel

Chairman of the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy

Dr. Zsolt Lengyel
Chairman of the Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy

Zsolt Lengyel is an economist specialised in climate action and the energy transition and corresponding policies & measures globally (renewable energy, emission trading, INECPs, NDCs, CDM, JI, GIS, energy efficiency, NAMAs, Paris Agreement Art 6. Etc.) for public and private clients such as Shell Global Solutions, Delphi Automotive Systems, Owens-Illinois, the World Bank and the European Commission. He has gained profound experience with climate finance, market mechanisms such as EU ETS, CDM (including PoAs), JI and IET (AAU trading; Green Investment Schemes) and innovative mechanism such as “sectoral mechanisms”, “domestic offsets”, Programme of Activities (PoA) , NAMAs and green bonds He has been engaged with public and private infrastructure project development – from finance to technical scoping – covering various energy related sectors (renewables: wind, biomass heat and power; solar heaters; energy efficiency in housing; RAC (refrigeration & air conditioning) and municipal infrastructure (municipal landfills including CH4 recovery and energy utilisation; waste water treatment; municipal transport infrastructure including modal shift and alternative fuels).

He is also engaged with various mitigation and adaptation scientific subjects as a Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of TRANSrisk (Transitions Pathways and Risk Analysis for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Strategies) a €7.6m project under the EC’s Horizon 2020 programme (2015-18) (www.transrisk-project.eu);  and as Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of CARISMA , “Coordination and Assessment of Research and Innovation in Support of climate Mitigation Actions", a €2m project under the EC’s Horizon 2020 programme (2015-18) (http://carisma-project.eu/)

He is the elected Chairman of Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) since its establishment in 2015 and he has been member of Verico SCE, an EU cooperative of ETS/Climate and energy auditors, since 2013. VERICO SCE is engaged with both plant/installation (ETS, ISO 50001) and national (national inventory review; MRV system development) level auditing and policy aspects. 

He had served as Team Leader and Key Expert of the European Commission funded 8.2 million EUR Clima East project in the 2013-17 period.  Within this project, he supported the development of integrated energy & climate policies, INDCs and then supported the implementation of the respective NDCs in the Eastern Neighbourhood (former Soviet Union) countries . Prior to that he worked as Head of Climate Services and Lead Auditor of SQS (Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems) a UNFCCC accredited entity in the 2010-2013 period. He had become one of the most experienced PoA auditors globally working on renewable energy and transport projects. Prior to his auditing work he spent five years at the Dutch Government’s Carboncredits (ERUPT) pioneering initiative as a Programme Advisor between 2005-2010. This period covered both new carbon credit purchasing (CERUPT, ERUPT 5, ERUPT New Style) and the management of a cc. 60 million EUR project portfolio as well as actively participating in methodological work under the UNFCCC. Prior to the Dutch Government he worked for Vertis and Chantrey Vellacott DFK in renewable energy and GHG reduction projects on installation level in various European countries. He spent over twenty years in environmental consultancy after starting his professional career at the Environment & Geography Department of the London School of Economics as a researcher in 1995.