Tomas Wyns is a Doctoral Researcher in the Environment and Sustainable Development cluster at the Brussels School of Governance of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Tomas has a Master's degree in Physics and is specialised in international relations and conflict management. Before joining the Brussels School of Governance, 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.  

Tomas 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.

List of publications (on VUB publications platform)

Featured publications


Power to X and Carbon Capture & Utilization Roadmap for Belgium

Period March 2020 - February 2025
Funded By

Directorate-General for Energy

The Climate Friendly Materials Platform

Period October 2019 - December 2020
Funded By

European Climate Foundation

COP21: Results, Implications, Pathways and Policies for Low-Emissions European Societies (COP21-RIPPLES)

Period December 2016 - November 2020
Funded By

European Commission - Horizon 2020

In the media

Hoe België in 2050 koolstofvrij kan worden

Posted on 11.05.2019
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Klimaat en de Wetstraat

Posted on 11.03.2019
Videos & podcasts

Ja, het klimaat is nog te redden

Posted on 11.02.2019
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Posted on 07.02.2019
Videos & podcasts

Is er nog plaats voor onze chemie?

Posted on 29.01.2019
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Antwerpse havenchemie vindt haar tweede adem

Posted on 19.01.2019
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