Tom van Ierland joined the Commission in 2006. Within DG Climate Action he is head of unit C1 ‘Low carbon solutions (I): Montreal Protocol, clean cooling & heating, twin transitions’. This unit is leading on policies related to F-gases and ozone depleting substances and looks into the interconnections of the policy fields of climate, energy, digitalisation and standardisation. He has been closely involved in the development of the overall climate change policy framework both at the EU and international level and the economic modelling underpinning it. He started his career at the Belgian’s Federal Planning Bureau in 1999 where he focused on emission trading. He was a member of cabinet of the Belgian Federal Minister for the Environment. He worked 2 years as consultant for Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has broad experience in both international negotiations on climate change as well as the development of EU Climate Change policies.