German International Cooperation (GIZ)
After studying Business Administration, Thomas worked 11 years for the Commerzbank
group in Luxembourg. There he was introduced to ISO 9001 Management systems and he
became the Quality Manager of the Bank.
In 2003 Thomas decided to change the direction of his career and started to work as a Consultant for the implementation of ISO 9001, ISO 14000, HCCP Food standards and Six Sigma in countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, Qatar and Kosovo. He received additional trainings in ECO Hotel Standards with TUEV Rheinland International and implemented those in several Hotels in Indonesia and Serbia.
Since then he has been focusing on Eco Hotel Standards and Eco Labels. In 2010 he started to work for GIZ (German International Cooperation) in Afghanistan and Thailand. GIZ is a worldwide recognized governmental organization with more than 11,000 employees.
At this moment, Thomas is Project Director for the project “Advancing and Measuring Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) for a Low-Carbon Economy in Middle- Income and Newly Industrialized Countries (Advance SCP)” which is financed by the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety Germany and implemented in Thailand, Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Chile, Peru, Morocco and Ethiopia.
“Sustainable public procurement and environmental labels are important tools to increase sustainable consumption and production while at the same time contributing directly to reducing greenhouse gases. These instruments have gained more and more importance in the region over recent years. Some countries have already started to introduce sustainable public procurement and environmental labelling. At the very least, the implementation is due to different factors at a very different level in the different countries. On the one hand, a lack of supporting policies, legal frameworks and requirements play a role; on the other hand, public awareness, availability of existing systems or environmental labels as a means to promote sustainable public procurement is also important. SCP Outreach in Asia – The Next Five financed by the Federal ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) and implemented by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in cooperation with Thailand will support the development and implementation of eco-labels and sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patterns, particularly in the field of public procurement, in CMLV and Bhutan for the next 4 years and will therefore continue the success story of SCP implementation with GIZ through the projects SCP4LCE (Thailand: 2012-2015) and Advance SCP (Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines: 2105-2018)”