John is the Director of UNEP DTU Partnership (UDP) and founded the organization in 1990.
He has worked on energy, climate and development issues in the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) for the last 30 years. Currently, his work focuses on implementation of the Paris Agreement and SDG 7, and covers project development, fundraising and strategic engagement within both UN Environment and DTU, as well as in many international fora to represent UN Environment. His main focus areas include NDC implementation, national transparency efforts and detailed engagement on energy efficiency and access. In addition, he has been responsible for co-editing the annual UNEP Emissions Gap Report in the last years.
In the first decades of UNEP DTU’s existence, John managed numerous projects related to energy and climate covering Africa, Asia and Latin America.
He has a long standing involvement with the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate change (IPCC) where he has been a lead author on five reports and has been in the Bureau for a couple of years, which led to him jointly receive the Nobel Peace Prize with the IPCC author family in 2007.
Before joining UN Environment, John worked both in the Danish Government and in private consultancy. He holds M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degrees from the Technical University of Denmark.