Criteria, certification and benchmarks

  • Expert in benchmark assessment ‘Setting the biodiversity bar for palm oil certification: assessing the rigor of biodiversity and assurance requirements of palm oil standards’, Client: IUCN Netherlands, 2019
  • Reviewer for assessment ‘Setting the bar for deforestation-free soy in Europe: a benchmark to assess the suitability of voluntary standard systems, Client: Profundo, 2019 
  • Senior expert for the Advisory commission on Sustainability of Biomass for Energy applications (ADBE) in the Netherlands, Client: RVO, 2017-2019
  • Consultant for scoping study Dutch Biomass Certification Foundation (DBCF) on developing a support program for stimulating certification under small forest owners, Client: DBCF, 2016
  • Consultant for Better Cotton Initiative: external evaluation of their assurance program, implemented with E4Tech, Client: BCI, 2016
  • Benchmark study of various forest management schemes with Dutch sustainability criteria solid biomass, Client: Dutch energy utilities, 2015
  • Expert in Dutch working group on sustainability criteria solid biomass: principles and criteria development, Client: Ministry of Economic Affairs, 2014
  • Study on learning, assurance and credibility of certification standards: innovative approaches, Client: ISEAL Alliance, 2014
  • Benchmark studies comparing NTA8080 with FSC and with EU, UK, Belgium and USA policies on sustainability requirements for solid biomass, Client: NL Agency, 2013-2014
  • Reviewer for IUCN publication “Betting for best quality”, Client: IUCN Netherlands, 2013
  • Project manager: Risk assessment of cross-recognition and changes in content of certification systems for biofuels, Client: NL Agency, 2013
  • Expert in two studies on RED recognized schemes: Sustainability effect risk analysis and lessons learned from co-regulation, Client: GIZ Germany, 2012-2013
  • Project manager for using the GBEP indicators in the Netherlands, a desk study. Includes recommendations on improving the practicality of the indicators. Client: NL Agency, 2011 –2012
  • Expert on advising the National Commission of Bioenergy in Spain on the development of a national system for the sustainability of biofuels. Client: CNE, 2011 –2012
  • Project manager on a benchmark of eight certification systems on their level of assurance, costs and benefits. Client: NL Agency, 2011-2012
  • Program manager for framework contract for the evaluation of the biofuel sustainability certification schemes for the Dutch government. Client: NL Agency, 2010-2012
  • Providing recommendations for a European sustainability certification through extensive stakeholder analysis, EUBIONET III project as senior researcher Utrecht University, 2009-2010

Information about this working experience is available on request