Tomas Wyns

Tomas Wyns

Project Researcher Environment & Sustainable Development


Tomas Wyns is a Doctoral Researcher at the IES. He is working on European and international climate policy, in particular the design of the EU Emissions Trading System, post 2020 industrial and innovation policy and enhancing global climate action under a 2015 international climate agreement.

Tomas has a Master's degree in Physics and is specialised in international relations and conflict management.

Before joining the IES, Tomas worked 5 years as a climate policy officer in the environmental administration of the Flemish government in Belgium, responsible for implementing the European Emissions Trading System and industrial energy efficiency policies. He later joined the European Climate Action Network where he coordinated the European NGO’s activities with regard to Europe’s 2020 climate and energy package, including the implementation of the reviewed EU Emissions Trading System. Tomas finally directed the Center for Clean Air Policy’s European office for two years, where he developed innovative solutions for industrial policy embedded in EU climate and energy action, assisted in the financing and development of National Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) in developing countries and supported Chinese authorities in the design and implementation of a pilot emissions trading system in Hubei province. Tomas has been attending the UNFCCC climate negotiations since 2007, assisting parties and stakeholders with insights into the development of post 2012 international climate action.  

Profile and Publications


Conference Papers

  • Wyns, Tomas & Khatchadourian, Arianna. 2015. "Situational analysis of EU renewable energy legislation." Working paper prepared to the conference “The 2020 strategy experience: Lessons learnt for regional cooperation, EU governance and investment”. DIW, Berlin, July 2015 Link

Peer Reviewed Articles

  • Wyns, Tomas. 2015. Lessons from the EU's ETS for a New International Climate Agreement, The International Spectator, Vol. 50, January 2015 Link

Articles, Essays & Reviews

  • Wyns, Tomas. 2015. Europa en de mythe van de onzichtbare overheid, Sampol, November 2015 Link
  • Oberthür, Sebastian & Wyns, Tomas. 2014. Elements of an EU Strategy towards a 2015 Paris Climate Agreement: Ensuring ‘Signal’ and ‘Direction’, IES Policy Brief, 2014/08 Link
  • Wyns, Tomas. 2014. We zijn de klimaatcrisis misschien aan het oplossen, maar beseffen het nog niet, Oikos 68 1/2014, p. 43-56 Link

Commissioned Research & Policy Work

  • Wyns, Tomas & Khatchadourian, Arianna. 2016. Streamlining for performance - Options to streamline and enhance existing EU energy legislation to meet 2030 goals and facilitate governance, discussion paper, Climate Strategies, December 2015 Link
  • Wyns, Tomas & Van Hummelen Stijn. 2015. Automatic revenue raising for international climate finance through the European Emissions Trading System, report commissioned by OXFAM, May 2015 Link
  • Wyns, Tomas, Khatchadourian, Arianna & Oberthür, Sebastian. 2014. EU Governance of Renewable Energy post-2020 – risks and options, Report for the Heinrich Böll-Stiftung European Union
  • Wyns, Tomas. 2014. Governance and Equity in EU Climate Policy, IES paper 02/2014 Link