Michel den Elzen
Senior Researcher Climate policy analyst
Department of Climate, Air and Energy
NameDr. M.G.J. den Elzen
Michel den Elzen is senior climate policy analyst at the PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency. His research focuses on international climate policy including mitigation action and costs, reduction proposals of the Cancun Agreements and Copenhagen Accord, domestic climate and energy policies, the design of climate agreements and long-term mitigation scenarios.
He is a climate policy advisor of the EU delegation of the climate negotiations providing analytical support to the delegation and the European Commission DG CLIMA for the UNFCCC climate negotiations on these topics. He is projectleader of “Development and application of global economy-wide climate change modelling capacity to support EU policy preparation” project for DG-CLIMA, including the partnership of seven European research institutes. He is also climate policy advisor for the Dutch delegation, and member of the European Expert groups, supporting the delegations of the European Member states.
He is lead author of the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (Chapter 13 of WGIII report). He was contributing author of the IPCC Third and Fourth Assessment Reports and developed, together with IPCC lead author Dr. Niklas Höhne from Ecofys, the table in the IPCC AR4 report that is the basis for the reduction range of -25% to -40% below 1990 levels by 2020 that is currently being discussed for Annex I countries.He is lead author and contributing author of the UNEP emissions gap reports (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) of Chapter 2 ( the pledges of the Cancun Agreements and domestic policies, as well as two degree pathways.
Under his leadership, the decision-support tool FAIR, to assess the emission and mitigation costs implications of future effort-sharing regimes for meeting the 2 degree climate target, has been developed.
He is member of the editorial board of the international journal Environmental Science & Policy, and author of more than 75 refereed journal articles, about 100 technical reports and many book sections.
- Reduction targets and abatement costs of developing countries resulting from global and developed countries’ reduction targets by 2050
- Analysing the emission gap between pledged emission reductions under the Cancún Agreements and the 2 °C climate target
- Analysing the greenhouse gas emission reductions of the mitigation action plans by non-Annex I countries by 2020
- Greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for 2030
- Are major economies on track to achieve their pledges for 2020? An assessment of domestic climate and energy policies
- 1984-1990: Mathematics (Free University, Amsterdam)
- 1991-present: PBL
- 1990-1991: Maastricht University, Maastricht