Jos Cozijnsen was born in 1960, Hilversum in The Netherlands. Education: Master’s Degree Law at the University of Utrecht (1985). Later European Environmental Law and International Environmental Law at the University of Amsterdam (1993). After having worked as an social attorney until 1992, from 1993 to 1997 he worked for the Netherlands’ Environment Ministry as member of the Dutch delegation to the UNFCCC climate meetings including to ‘Kyoto’. Between 1998 and 2019 he was independant consulting attorney CO2 trade.
He also owned with an associate the ethical fashion webshop Goodfibrations from 2013 to 2018 and coordinated Fashion Revolution Netherlands from 2015-2016.
Since 2019 he works as carbon specialist and consulting attorney for The Climate Neutral Group out of Utrecht
With extensive international environmental law experience, he is deeply knowledgeable about the Kyoto Protocol’s carbon market mechanisms, international attitudes towards such mechanisms and about current developments in this field.
- A prime core activity is strategic consultancy to companies and authorities on the application of the rules and opportunities of greenhouse gas emissions trading for specific sectors, including aviation for companies, for projects and product chains (scope 3) and on the generation of CO2 value for business cases and carbon credits with CO2 reduction projects. He initiated the Dutch Domestic Offset Mechanism (www.nationaleCO2markt.nl)
- Another core activity is legal consultancy to companies, authorities, NGOs and political organisations. Cozijnsen is one of the few attorneys with overview over the linkage between all the legalistic areas related to global and EU emissions trading.
- And last but not least: knowledge transfer and training. From 1998 to 2019 he worked as consultant for Environmental Defense Fund (USA) on disseminating the lessons learned in the USA on emissions trading, and now the reversed way from the EU; see publication ‘Harvesting the Low-Carbon Cornucopia’ (2007). Knowledge transfer is one of his core activities, illustrated by this info-site www.emissierechten.nl, his frequent comments columns in magazines and participation in conferences, workshops, training courses.