Experts' profiles - Peerke de Bakker
Peerke de Bakker
Environment and energy have been Peerke de Bakkers preoccupation even before he finished his studies in the Netherlands in 1979 as an Engineer in Land-and Water Management. He was experimenting with horizontal windmills attached to the chimney of an apartment and testing the use of municipal wastewater treatment sludge (after anaerobic digestion) as fertilizer. After graduation Peerke worked for the Environmental Protection Agency managing a network of air pollution recorders. By matching these data with recorded wind directions, the first attempts were made to identify both international and local polluters.

After a three year voluntary stint as an associate professor at a local university in the Philippines, Peerke worked for four years at the Energy Research and Development Center in the Philippines in the Philippine-German Solar Energy Project, initiating a number of small scale photo-voltaic power projects such as in irrigation, communication, electrification of households and small enterprises.

After a brief stay at a consulting firm in Germany, Peerke and family moved for a four year period to Jakarta, and he worked for a French consulting firm on (renewable) energy, electrification and transport projects throughout South East Asia. For three years Peerke managed the EC funded PRESSEA project (Promotion of Renewable Sources of Energy in South East Asia). Because his wife was appointed to a position in Africa, Peerke gradually moved to Nairobi in 1999, working as a consultant on a number of WB and EC funded projects in the field of renewable energy and rural electrification.

Peerke joined the UNEP-GEF Division in 2003. With the Climate Change Taskforce, Peerke has been working in the mitigation field on a combined energy and transport portfolio. He has initiated and/or managed a number of renewable energy projects (geothermal, solar PV, cogeneration of biomass, small hydro) as well as sustainable transport projects such as Bus Rapid Transit projects in Indonesia, Tanzania and various cities in Latin America.
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