Sem Oxenaar


Sem Oxenaar uses his strong expertise in (EU) energy and buildings policy to support RAP’s work on heat decarbonisation and energy efficiency. Part of the Europe team, he leads RAP’s EU work on district heating, and enjoys venturing into related topics such as energy communities and industry.

Before joining RAP in 2022, he worked for — the European federation of citizen energy cooperatives — leading their work on building renovation. As part of this role Oxenaar advocated on behalf of energy communities and cooperatives in Europe with the EU institutions, and was part of the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Energy Savings.

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. Sem is based in Brussels, Belgium.