Head of Unit, Air Quality & Mobility Unit at UN Environment Programme (UNEP)
Rob de Jong (1968) is a Dutch national.
He holds an Engineer’s Degree in Environmental Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Policy.
Prior to joining the United Nations he worked as a consultant and he worked for the Netherlands Government. In 1996 he joined UN-HABITAT to work for the joint UNEP/ UN-HABITAT Sustainable Cities Programme, supporting cities to develop their urban environmental planning and management capacities. In 1998 he joined UNEP to work on urban environment issues. In 2000 he became the Special Assistant for the Director of the Division of Policy Development and Law in UNEP. From 2002 to 2008 he set up and managed UNEP’s Urban Environment Unit.
Since 1 April 2008 Rob is heading the Air Quality and Mobility Unit. He is based at UNEP’s Headquarters in Nairobi. The Unit is working on promoting and supporting sustainable and low carbon transport. The Unit’s work includes: cleaner fuels, cleaner and more efficient vehicles; non-motorised transport; clean ports; clean busses, electric mobility, including electric 2&3 wheelers.
The Unit is leading major global sustainable transport initiatives including the Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV); the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI); the Share the Road programme (StR), the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the Global Electric Mobility Programme. Rob is married and has a daughter and a son.
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