Roel Hoenders

Mr. Roel Hoenders is Head of Air Pollution and Energy Efficiency in the Marine Environment Division of the IMO Secretariat. He is responsible for IMO’s regulatory agenda on the reduction of air pollution from ships in line with MARPOL Annex VI and promoting low carbon shipping in accordance with IMO’s Initial Strategy on reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions from ships.

Roel holds a law degree, with specializations in international environmental and maritime law, complemented by postgraduate studies in environmental sciences and business sustainability.

Prior to joining the IMO Secretariat, Mr. Hoenders worked as legal and policy officer on defining EU renewable energy and clean air policies in the Directorate-General for Environment of the European Commission and on promoting sustainable shipping in the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

In earlier functions he advised on transport infrastructure projects in the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe at the European Commission’s Development Cooperation Directorate, and on corporate climate and sustainability strategies at the European Sea Ports Organization (ESPO) and DHL Netherlands.