Laurent Bellet is the Water and Energy Advisor for the Sustainable Development Division of Electricité de France (EDF), a position he has held since 2016. In this role, he represents EDF in various international groups dealing with water, energy and climate issues, particularly with the French Water Partnership (FWP), where he leads a group on energy and carbon footprints. Laurent is responsible for reporting on both the water industry and on further sustainability issues related to renewable energy within EDF, notably focusing on hydrogen, hydro, biomass and wind power.
Following his graduation from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL) in 1994, Laurent occupied various roles at EDF over the years. Beginning his EDF career designing hydro-engineering projects, Laurent went on to provide consulting services for the Asia region, where at the head of the Environmental & Social Unit he oversaw impact studies, biodiversity, sediment management, fish migration and social studies. He set up the Aquatic Environment Lab, designed to monitor and forecast water quality and GHG emissions, at the 1075MW Nam Theun 2 hydro project, and was involved in the project from its early stages in 1999 to the 2012, during the post-commissioning stage.
In 2012, he turned to the field of water and energy nexus, joining the Water Coordination Unit at EDF. As a result of EDF’s commitments made during the 6th World Water Forum in 2012, Laurent was made Project Manager of an international project that involved more than 30 stakeholders under the umbrella of the World Water Council and the World Energy Council, and was responsible evaluating and reporting energy interactions with water (“water footprint”) of the Energy Sector.