Founder and Director

Wolfgang F. Lutz

Wolfgang F. Lutz founded Adviesbureau voor Energiestrategie – Energy Strategies for Sustainable Development in 1991 and is the owner and director of the office. He is an independent expert in sustainable energy policies, strategies and programmes, institutional and legal frameworks and policy instruments for the promotion of energy efficiency, renewable energy and rural energisation. He has realised numerous studies and projects in the fields of energy and related environmental policy, strategies, programmes and legislation, with emphasis on economic, social and environmental sustainability.

His expertise is founded on in-depth knowledge of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and options, including end-use technologies, cogeneration, energy auditing and management, energy efficiency standards and labelling, as well as decentralised power generation and supply.

Mr Lutz has more than 30 years of working experience in emerging economies and developing countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, Central and Eastern Europe, the Southern Caucasus, Asia and North Africa. He has been working as advisor and senior consultant for international multilateral and bilateral organisations, including the European Commission (various DGs and programmes), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC), the World Bank, UNDP, the Energy Charter Secretariat and GIZ, as well as for NGOs, universities and national ministries and government agencies in various countries.

He has an extensive experience to work with public and private stakeholders and has excellent communication and management skills. In several projects, he has acted as a team leader or key expert, coordinating contributions of international and local experts. From 1998 – 2001, he was in charge of organising and promoting, on behalf of the European Commission and UN-ECLAC, the EU-Latin American Inter-parliamentarian Dialogue on the Promotion of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Energy. From 2009 – 2011, he was Director of Latin American Programs of the Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Program (CLASP), and from 2015 – 2016 Key Expert Sustainable Energy of the INOGATE Programme of the European Commission with Eastern Partnership countries.

As a recognized expert in this field, Mr Lutz has been frequently invited as a speaker at international seminars and conferences. He is an associate editor of Energy for Sustainable Development (published by Elsevier) and was an external tutor of master research projects at the Universities of Delft (the Netherlands) and Zaragoza (Spain). From 1996 – 2001, he served as member of the Advisory Board of the ALURE Programme of the European Commission in support of the modernisation of energy systems in Latin America.

Mr Lutz holds a Master Degree in Mechanical Engineering of the University of Stuttgart, Germany (1980) and a BA in Philosophy of the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2013). He is fluent in German, English, Spanish, French and Dutch, and has basic knowledge of Russian.

His personal interests include international development, philosophy, geosciences, nature, ecological landscape gardening, hiking, sports and realising an environmentally sustainable lifestyle.