July 10, 2015
First Environment is excited to announce the addition of Phil Ludvigsen to our team in Boonton, New Jersey. He joins us as a Senior Associate to direct our green bonds, greenhouse gas consulting, and environmental product certification service areas. Phil is a senior level business director specializing in climate change and carbon consulting services. He has more than 28 years of technical experience and has supported climate program development, including directing the technical and financial aspects of multi-million dollar projects. Notably, Dr. Ludvigsen helped manage a $25 million strategic investment fund for American Reinsurance (now part of Munich Reinsurance America) focused on strategic environmental, health, and social loss prevention as well as cost control. In addition, he has signed off as lead greenhouse gas verifier on nearly six megatons worth of carbon emission reductions under the U.S. EPA Climate Leaders program to ISO 14064-3 standards. He has also verified more than 100 carbon inventories and emission reduction projects throughout the U.S. and Canada under the ISO 14064 and ISAE 3000 standards. With regard to environmental financing, Phil was the first person in North America to be certified as a Responsible Investment Professional by the Responsible Investor Association (RIA).
Specifically, his areas of expertise include the following:
- Environmental financing approaches, such as green bonds
- Certified climate bond development and verification
- Climate program development
- Greenhouse gas emission reports
- Carbon accounting systems/controls assessments
- Emission reduction baselines
- Carbon inventory and offset verification
Phil has a doctorate degree in civil and environmental engineering; masters’ degrees in finance and environmental health engineering; and undergraduate degrees in chemistry and biology. He has received certification as a greenhouse gas verifier and quantifier and is trained as an ISO 14001 lead auditor. He currently sits on the Climate Bond Standards verification work group and has co-authored thought leadership in the area of green bonds.
Already Phil has hit the ground running and is supporting First Environment in becoming an approved verifier under the Climate Bonds Initiative (application pending), as well as the first ANSI-accredited certification body for the International Sustainability and Climate Certification (ISCC) standard for bio-based products such as food, feeds, specialty chemicals, and biofuels (application pending).