Date: Thursday May 4th
Time: 15:00 – 16:30
Location: Energy Academy Building, Nijenborgh 6, Zernike, Groningen. Lecture Room 5159.0029 (ground floor).

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) focuses on “better policies for better lives” and the International Energy Agency (IEA) on reliable and sustainable energy policies. The transition to a low-carbon economy is critical in the work of both OECD and IEA. It is also one of the priorities of the current G20 presidency of Germany. In his lecture Noe van Hulst will elaborate on the challenges and possibilities on a global scale during this path of energy transition. What is the role of OECD countries in this transition and how do recent political changes and events influence the potential success of the Paris Agreement?

The Paris Agreement is an unprecedented achievement in the global fight against climate change. A record number of countries came together, first in the French capital for the COP21 conference in November-December 2015 and then formally to sign the agreement at the UN on 22 April 2016, to ensure that future generations enjoy a stable, healthy and habitable world. The agreement sets the world on a path to limit global temperature rise through reduced emissions.

New sources of energy need to be deployed on a scale equivalent to the industrial revolution. Without decisive action, energy-related emissions of CO₂ will double by 2050. There are numerous positive movements towards a greener world, and yet the world also still faces resistance. (Geo-) Politics, economics and national interest are still driving forces impacting the pace of change. These forces however could also be the catalyst for saving the planet before it is too late.

In this session, the energy transition will be approached from a global perspective and we may wonder what the role of a medium-sized country such as The Netherlands is in this global shift.

Noe Van Hulst, Ambassador of The Netherlands at OECD and IEA

Noe van Hulst took up his duties as Permanent Representative of The Netherlands to the OECD in 2013. He holds a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from VU Amsterdam. Van Hulst started his career in 1980 as a Researcher/Lecturer in the Department of Micro-economics at VU Amsterdam. In 1985, he was appointed Senior Economist and Deputy Head of the Macroeconomic Policy Department of the Social and Economic Council (SER) in the Netherlands. Mr. van Hulst then held several positions at the Ministry of Economic Affairs: Head of the Longer-Term Studies Group within the Directorate for Technology Policy,  Deputy Director for Technology Policy, Director for Fair Trading and Deputy Director-General of Economic Structure, Director-General for Energy, Director-General for Competition and Energy. In 2003, Mr. van Hulst joined the International Energy Agency (IEA) in Paris as Director for Long-Term Co-operation and Policy Analysis (LTO). From 2008, he held the position of Secretary-General of the International Energy Forum (IEF) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. From 2012 until his nomination with OECD, Van Hulst was Director of Energy Academy Europe.


It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.