Toon van Harmelen
With more than 30 years of experience in international energy and environmental policy, Toon van Harmelen is highly regarded for his work and vision in the field of industrial research. In his capacity at TNO, Toon concerns himself with identifying and evaluating sustainable technological solutions for the chemical industry, e.g. biobased economy, carbon capture, use and storage (CCUS), and electrification of chemical production. Of particular interest to Toon is his work on modelling a circular plastics system that incorporates mass flow analysis, dynamic stock modelling, cost optimisation and system impact assessment.
Toon attained his Master of Science degree at the University of Groningen, majoring in environmental studies and theoretical biology. Starting out his career as a researcher , he joined TNO in 1999 where he currently works as senior researcher on sustainable solutions. His mission is to make circularity and sustainability measurable, so they are part of the decision making in industry and policy.