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Thomas Jakl

Name  Thomas Jakl

Role  Legislator
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Thomas Jakl is the former chair of the European Chemicals Agency's (European Chemicals Agency, ECHA) Management board and is Deputy Director General of the Austrian Environment Ministry responsible for Chemicals Policy. His field of activity includes legislation on chemical substances at the national, European and UN levels. He served as ECHA's president from 2008 until September 2012. He is president of the Governing Board of the EU's Human Biomonitoring program "HBM4EU".


  • 1991 - PhD in plant physiology with specialization in photosynthesis research and simulation of plant bio-productivity at the University of Vienna.
  • M.Sc. in Earth Sciences.
  • Tenure at Lebensministerium

    Dr. Thomas Jakl has worked in different high level policy positions, including the Head of EU-Presidency delegation for international negotiations in the field of chemicals policy during the Austrian Presidency in 2006, and as former President of EU Council working group on international environmental policy (chemicals) and Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH).

    Dr. Jakl has led the Austrian delegation to the negotiating bodies for multilateral environmental agreements such as Montreal Protocol, Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, Stockholm Convention, the Rotterdam Convention, SAICM etc. He has been responsible for sector specific policies for organic solvents, nanomaterials, pesticides, detergents, endocrine disrupters etc.

    Dr. Jakl is a prominent public speaker who addresses global issues pertaining to sustainable development and environmental management. He is a prolific writer credited with over 100 publications in high quality newspapers, journals and books on scientific and environmental related issues.

    Dr. Jakl is one of the most influential thinkers on the subject of sound chemical management, and the foremost propounder of Chemical Leasing. He is the co-author of “Chemical Leasing” and “Chemical Leasing goes Global.” He has pioneering contributions to the fields of scientific and technical risk assessment of substances and products, best practice diffusion for the production and application of chemical products.

    Membership of professional bodies

  • HBM4EU (Human Biomonitoring for Europe) - Horizon 2020 funded lighthouse initiative; elected as Chair of the Governing Board 04092017
  • European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) – former Member of Management Board; elected as Chair of the Management Board since 2008 until 30092012.
  • Federal Environment Agency – Deputy Head of Supervisory Board
  • Federal Agency for Site Remediation – Head of Supervisory Board
  • International Sustainable Chemistry Collaborative Centre (ISC3) - Member of Advisory Council
  • Austrian Forum of Scientists in charge of Environmental Protection – Board of Directors
  • University of Applied Sciences - Technikum Wien, Lecturer "Environmental Management and Ecotoxicology"
  • Austrian Federal Ministry for Environment (Deputy Director General)
  • Awards and honours

  • Grand Decoration of Honour for Services to the Republic of Austria
  • Winner of most important Austrian journalism “Environment Award;”
  • Winner of the EU co-funded “Genius” Award for Innovation.
  • Austrian Supply Innovation Award 2008 for "Chemical Leasing"
  • Invited speaker at the European Forum Alpbach (1992).
  • References

    Thomas Jakl Wikipedia

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