Damien Meadows is the Advisor on European and International Carbon Markets at the European Commission, DG Climate Action. He has been involved in developing market-based responses to climate change for most of the last ten years, as Head of the European Commission’s unit responsible for the International Carbon Market, aviation and maritime and, previously, as the Deputy Head of the European Commission’s unit responsible for the whole EU emissions trading system.
Between 2000 and 2004, he worked on the drafting, negotiation and implementation of the EU ETS, the EU’s ratification of the Kyoto Protocol and other climate-related legislation. In addition, he has worked on the negotiation and adoption of the REACH chemicals law that comprehensively reformed EU regulation in this area.
He has an LLB in European Law and has worked as a solicitor and legal adviser for the UK Departments of the Environment and Transport, and also for the United Nations Climate Change Secretariat at the 4th Conference of the UN Convention on Climate Change.