Maurits Blanson Henkemans ← Back


  • Ex-Senior Policy Officer, Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs

Maurits was Chair of the Climate Strategies Board between January and June 2020. Most recently, he was a Senior Policy Officer at the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs until 2015, where he worked on the EU Energy and Climate 2030 package. Since 2000, he was involved in developing the EU Emission Trading System (ETS) directive as representative of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, and he was also actively involved in the review of the EU ETS between 2008-2009.

Past work experiences include:

  • Team member for establishing the renewable heat policy for the Netherlands
  • Member of the EU Economic Policy Committee working group on Climate and Energy
  • Member of the Dutch climate change delegation (2000-2010)
  • Chair of the participant committee of the Prototype Carbon Fund (PCF) of the World Bank
  • Member of the Joint Implementation (JI) Supervisory Committee (JISC) of the UNFCCC
  • Assisted in establishing the first CO2 tender for Joint Implementation projects (ERUPT) in the Netherlands
  • Participated in the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) in-depth review of Belgium

Maurits studied economics at Rotterdam University.