Herwig Kohla

Hasslacher Norica Timber

Chief Operating Officer

Herwig is COO and member of the executive board of Hasslacher Group, one of the leading European companies in mass timber, producing more than five hundred thousand cubic meter of Glulam and CLT (Cross Laminated Timber). In his role, he drives the company’s aspiration of becoming carbon neutral. Hasslacher Norica Timber is the first timber company certified to issue CO2 certificates for its products. Herwig has more than 25 years of experience, holding various executive positions in the Oil & Gas-, Pulp & Paper- and Packaging Industry. Herwig earned a reputation as turnaround manager for restructuring and reshaping companies. He also holds nonexecutive board positions in project development companies in the renewables sector. Education: PhD in Engineering (Leoben School of Mines), PhD in Robotics and Automation (AAU). Areas of Expertise: Investment Strategy, M&A Process and Strategy, Project Financing, Operational Excellence, Risk Management, Business Analytic, Value – Chain Management, Carbon Capture, Renewable Projects.

Sessions With Herwig Kohla

Thursday, 10 March

  • 10:00am - 10:30am (CST) / 10/mar/2022 04:00 pm - 10/mar/2022 04:30 pm

    Breakthroughs in Nature-based Solutions: Afforestation & reforestation

    Panel Agribusiness & Biofuels Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Natural carbon sinks—or nature-based solutions—are expected to be a critical contributor to meeting the global ambition of reaching net zero and they have exploded in popularity with private sector participants. Yet the impact of these solutions varies hugely, and they span multiple geographies and types of methods, often with large challenges and uncertainty about their true carbon mitigation potential. How can these solutions be categorized, and which ones will have most impact in the midterm? Forestry is a key solution, yet it is complex and includes afforestation, reforestation, and reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD). How do their costs/benefits compare? Should all be pursued, or should one be prioritized?