Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Korteweg said: “Europe's energy policy is at a crossroads. Today’s energy and climate decisions will shape Europe’s energy system for the next decades, thereby determining the future level of greenhouse gas emissions, security of energy supply and the competitiveness of European economies.

I look forward to leading COGEN Europe and ensuring that the cogeneration sector continues to have a strong and united voice in Brussels and Europe. The ongoing debate at EU level on the Clean Energy Package is key to ensure a cost-effective and secure energy transition. This is where COGEN Europe can make a meaningful contribution towards establishing a ambitious, yet balanced and predictable legislative framework, creating new opportunities for the sector and rewarding the benefits of cogeneration to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions as well as to boost energy efficiency and competitiveness in Europe”.

COGEN Europe chairman Wouter-Jan van der Wurff, said: “COGEN Europe members are delighted that Hans is joining us at this pivotal time for the cogeneration sector. His breadth of experience will be a key asset to our association in driving forward our ambitions for Combined Heat and Power (CHP) in Europe.

Brief biography:

Hans Korteweg brings a wealth of expertise to his new role at COGEN Europe. He has more than 15 years of energy and environment policy experience, during which time he spearheaded the implementation of effective communications and lobbying strategies for high-growth organisations in Brussels, across Europe and internationally. He also has a decade of association management experience.

Mr. Korteweg, who lives in Belgium, is a French-born Dutch-American. He has a BA in international affairs and politics from Vesalius College - Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium. He is also an Advanced Management Programme graduate of the IE Business School in Madrid, Spain.

Most recently, Mr. Korteweg was Director of Communications and Government Affairs, EMEA Region, for the Westinghouse Electric Company.

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