Hugo Lucas is Director for the Directorate of Policy Advisory Services and Capacity Building at IRENA. He leads and coordinates all the activities with regard to policy, financial advice, education and training of IRENA that falls under the responsibilities of his Directorate.
Before joining IRENA, he worked to establish the energy and renewables policy for the Spanish Government: the Spanish Energy Efficiency; the Renewable Energy Law; and the Spanish Renewable Energy Plan 2011 – 2020. He also deeply involved in forming the European Renewable Energy Directive 2020. He also served as Lead Author in the chapter on renewable energy policy for the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation (SRREN) of the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change (IPCC).
He is an agronomy engineer from the Polytechnic University of Madrid Spain (UPM), postgraduate in the Energetic Sector at the Federal Polytechnic University of Lausanne, Switzerland (EPFL). Thereafter, he worked for two years in the Institute of Energy Systems of Switzerland developing the program for the introduction of liquid biofuels into the Swiss energy matrix. He has also served for more than ten years as Secretary General of the Spanish Biomass Association.