Hans Rijntalder

Hans Rijntalder

Founder / Managing Director






Hans Rijntalder is an experienced adviser in the areas of climate, energy and the environment. He has amassed an extensive network, both nationally and internationally, through his work advising businesses and government institutions on the subject of environmental impact assessments, permit application and environmental management. He has maintained an intensive involvement in sustainable energy projects since 2000, and in recent years has worked primarily on wind and solar energy projects.

Within Pondera, Hans is involved in nearly all offshore and large-scale wind projects in the Netherlands and abroad. This entails a broad spectrum of projects of varying scope: from environmental management and impact-reporting procedures for wind projects in accordance with the national coordination scheme (Rcr), to permit applications in connection with operating an amusement park.
His vast experience allows him to find workable solutions to complex issues that arise within projects; he uses this professional strength to provide the Pondera team with enthusiastic leadership as well.

Education, training and previous employers

Hans Rijntalder graduated with a degree in public administration from the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1990, going on to complete a postgraduate programme in environmental studies. He began his career as a member of the COT crisis research team. After that, he went to work for IWACO (Royal Haskoning from 2000; today RHDHV). He then, in chronological order, was employed as an environmental management adviser in Den Bosch, established an Enschede office for IWACO in 1996, was named Director of IWACO Noord and in 2001 became Business Group manager for environmental and safety management. In 2007, he founded Pondera Consult.

From 2009 to 2010, Hans Rijntalder was chair of the Offshore Wind Committee of the Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA). He has served as secretary of NWEA since 2012.

Recent relevant projects

  • Wind farm Oss – ‘s Hertogenbosch
  • Solar farm Noordoostpolder
  • Wind farm Future Wind
  • Wind farm Sumba, Indonesia
  • Wind farm Fryslân
  • Wind farm Noordoostpolder

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