Dr. Peder Jensen

Head Secretariat of the International Resource Panel (IRP) at UN Environment

Dr. Peder Jensen is heading the Secretariat of the International Resource Panel (IRP) that is located in the offices of UN Environment in Paris, France. The Panel’s mission is to provide independent, coherent and authoritative scientific assessments of policy relevance on the sustainable use of natural resources and, in particular, their environmental impacts over the full life cycle; and contribute to a better understanding of how to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation.

The Panel consists of eminent scientists, highly skilled in resource management issues. Their reports distil the latest scientific, technical and socio-economic findings around global resource use. They provide advice and connections between policymakers, industry and the community on ways to improve global and local resource management. The Panel includes scientists and governments from both developed and developing regions, civil society, industrial and international organizations.

Before taking up the post in the Panel Secretariat, he worked for European Environment Agency and the European Commission for 17 years, in areas of partnership development as well as in the thematic areas of transport, energy and climate change.

He is a former Associate Professor in transport telematics at the Technical University of Denmark, from where he also received his Ph.D. and Master degree in transport economics and planning.