• Primary Program Climate and Environment
  • Research Interests Energy Economics and Geopolitics, Climate Change Governance, Sustainable Development, Renewable Energy Technologies and Policy.

Biography

Before joining KAPSARC as a research fellow, Jan worked as a strategic energy analyst at The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies. Jan has also held various positions in climate and energy policy in the Dutch and German environment ministries, the Centre for European Policy Studies in Brussels, and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Germany, Bonn office 

Jan has worked on topics such as energy research and development financing, renewable energy and climate change governance and the geopolitics of energy transition. 

Jan holds an MA in International Relations from Durham University as well as a Ph.D. in Political Science & Economics (magna cum laude) from Osnabrück University. Jan obtained his Ph.D. in the Marie Skłodowska Curie Research Fellowship Program of the European Union.

Publications

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Saudi Arabia’s CO2 Emissions Steady in 2019 Ahead of Expected 2020 Fall Due to COVID-19

Saudi Arabia’s CO2 Emissions Steady in 2019 Ahead of Expected 2020 Fall Due to COVID-19

The 2019 data on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions have just been released ahead of an expected large fall in CO2 emissions in 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19. On June 3, Enerdata released its data for Saudi Arabia’s 2019 emissions from fuel consumption, estimating them to remain stable at 526.84 million tonnes of CO2 (MtCO2), slightly down (-0.04%) from 527.05 MtCO2 in 2018.

12th July 2020
Saudi Arabia’s Clean Hydrogen Ambitions: Opportunities and Challenges

Saudi Arabia’s Clean Hydrogen Ambitions: Opportunities and Challenges

Saudi Arabia is a prime example of a country with an immense potential for clean hydrogen, i.e., hydrogen derived from a production process in which carbon emissions into the atmosphere are avoided, mitigated, or captured and stored.  Fully leveraging clean hydrogen to sustainably power the global economy would give the Kingdom a competitive edge in an increasingly carbon-constrained world in which net-zero carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are both a requirement and a condition for survival. Therefore, this commentary analyzes the opportunities and challenges facing Saudi Arabia as it aims to become a frontrunner in the nascent global clean hydrogen market.    

30th June 2021

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