Bas de Leeuw is head of the Integrated Resource Management Unit of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), based in Paris. His responsibilities are to supervise the Secretariat of the Resource Panel, a think tank established by UNEP aimed at increasing the knowledge and awareness of ways to promote resource efficiency and decouple economic growth from environmental degradation. He is also heading the Secretariat of the ILCP (International Life Cycle Panel), a scientific panel which advises on the development and use of life cycle management tools, leading to improving decision-making for business and governments. He is also supervising the implementation of a four-year project on promoting ecolabelling as an opportunity for developing countries, with demonstration projects in China, India, Mexico, Brazil, South Africa and Kenya.
Before heading the Resource Management Unit, Bas was active in the field of sustainable consumption and production (SCP), in which he in particular contributed to negotiating, initiating and designing the Marrakech Process (ten-year framework on SCP), UNEP's Life Cycle Initiative, UNEP's Advertising Initiative, the UNEP/Wuppertal Institute Collaborating Centre on SCP, and initiated and supervised activities on communication (including World is your Home, YouthXchange), ecodesign, and sustainable procurement. He is a macro economist of the Rotterdam Erasmus University with a specialization in energy studies (oil and gas exploration, energy efficiency) and before joining UNEP he has worked for the Dutch Government (Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment), SHAPE Technical Centre, the OECD and as a journalist.