Liesbeth Switten holds a master’s degree in law from Leuven University (B), postgraduate degrees in environmental law and in urbanisation, and an executive master’s degree in international association management. She started her career in leading law firms, such as Baker & McKenzie where she was a member of the environmental and energy team. After 7 years she joined the Flemish energy regulator VREG as a legal supervisor, with a primary focus on energy disclosure and support systems. She has been involved in renewable energy certification for over 15 years with several roles in the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB) since 2006. In 2020 she took over from Phil Moody as secretary general. Before that, she was AIB’s legal and strategic advisor, she chaired the reorganisation of the AIB as well as the professional reviewers’ group, thereby securing the quality assurance of the European system of guarantees of origin.
The Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB) provides the EECStm standard for guarantees of origin (GO) for different energy carriers, which has been implemented in 28 European countries so far, with several more joining soon. AIB also operates a European hub for transferring GOs, thereby linking the registries of its members, the issuing bodies of guarantees of origin. This year the hub is opening up for transfers of gas GOs. More information on www.aib-net.org.
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