Sem Oxenaar uses his extensive knowledge of EU energy and buildings policy to support RAP’s work on energy efficiency and clean heat in Europe. Focusing primarily on district heating, heat planning, and energy communities.
Before joining RAP in 2022, he worked for REScoop.eu — the European federation of citizen energy cooperatives — gaining on-the-ground experience in working with energy cooperatives, supporting the development of citizen-led building renovation programs and clean heating solutions. In this role Oxenaar advocated on behalf of energy communities and cooperatives in Europe with the EU institutions.
Earlier, Sem Oxenaar worked for DRIFT, a research and advisory institute at Erasmus University Rotterdam that focuses on sustainability transitions. There he supported mainly public-sector clients with climate and energy policy questions, did research on topics such as prosumerism and fossil fuel phase-outs, and taught courses to students and professionals on the energy transition.
Oxenaar holds a Master of Science in integrated natural resource management from Humboldt University of Berlin and a bachelor’s in liberal arts and sciences, with a concentration on environmental economics and policy, from Amsterdam University College in the Netherlands.
In addition to his native Dutch, he speaks fluent English, German and French.
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