Zsolt Lengyel

Zsolt Lengyel

zsolt.lengyel@verico.eu

Waterloo, CA

Zsolt Lengyel
is an economist, a climate action policy veteran and specialist of the corresponding instruments, policies & measures including MRV aspects. He has been member of Verico SCE since its establishment in 2013. He has been serving as the Chairman of Institute for European Energy and Climate Policy (IEECP) since its establishment in 2015. At IEECP he leads a key component on the global Horizon 2020 LC-CLA-01-2018 “Supporting the development of climate policies to deliver on the Paris Agreement, through Integrated Assessment Models (IAMs)” project running until May 2021. He is a Research Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Centre on Climate Change (IC3) at Waterloo University, Ontario, Canada.

He had served as Team Leader and Key Expert of the European Commission funded 8.2 million EUR four years long Clima East project between July 2013. – April 2017. Within this project, he supported the development of INDCs in 2014-15 for various developing and Annex I countries focusing on both the mitigation and adaptation components and then supported the implementation of the respective NDCs. 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 DoE for CDM and AIE for JI in the 2010-2013 period. He had become one of the most experienced PoA auditors globally (10 PoAs validated as Lead Auditor) as well as being exposed to a wide variety of CDM, VER, Gold Standard and JI projects. Prior to his auditing work he spent five years at the Dutch Government’s Carboncredits (ERUPT) 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 Environmental Finance and Chantrey Vellacott DFK in GHG reduction projects on installation level in various European countries providing the two pioneering carbon purchase programmes – the Dutch ERUPT/Carboncredits and the World Banks’ Prototype Carbon Fund - with some of their first ever contracted projects. He spent twenty years in environmental consultancy after starting his career at the Environment & Geography Department of the London School of Economics as a researcher in 1995. His tasks focused on expert advisory roles for projects related to climate change mitigation & adaptation, energy and corresponding policies & measures (MRV, CDM, JI, GIS, energy efficiency, renewables, adaptation) for clients such as Shell Global Solutions, Delphi Automotive Systems, Owens-Illinois, the World Bank and the European Commission.