Quintel Intelligence

John Kerkhoven Partner

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What do you do in your daily life to contribute to the energy transition?

Our family lives in an energy neutral house, we have a full electric car that charges using solar energy and during times with excess wind energy, we only eat plants and we have a vegetable garden. We try to minimise and separate our waste. We have been able to reduce our private family CO2 emissions with a little more than 80% since 2007 with regards to our house, personal mobility in the Netherlands and food consumption. Next target is minus 95% for 2020 and to find a solution for international travel.

Why did you choose Quintel Intelligence?

The subject of energy transition highly intrigued me in 2007. The only way for me to properly research the subject and have others share in our findings was to start Quintel Intelligence.

What motivates you in your work?

Raising collective awareness about the necessity and possibilities to change to a happy and sustainable lifestyle.

What makes your heart beat faster?

Many things. A smile from my wife, an activity with my son, a technical solution that outperforms its spec, a person that decides to adapt his lifestyle etcetera.

What I like to do outside working hours

Optimise our house from energy neutral to energy self-sustaining and to learn how to optimise the produce from our vegetable garden. Although some years I am to busy to look after the garden properly. I do Gyan Yoga normally every day for 30 - 60 minutes in the early morning and I walk in nature every day to reach 10.000 plus steps

Which problem would you like to solve?

Privately how to get our electric car to act as a backup for the house. Professionally how to speed up the energy transition and find solutions for the energy intensive industry, shipping and aviation.

What are your responsibilities at Quintel Intelligence?

As partner I participate in the acquisition of new assignments, I lead the execution of assignments and manage relationships with our partners/clients. I try to develop thought leadership on specific topics. I give lectures and speeches and write columns and reports on the subject of energy transition.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Still Happy. Working as a partner of this firm. Having reached the minus 95% CO2 emission in private live opposite 2007. Working on the acceleration of the energy transition such that the emission free society can become reality well before 2050.

Where do you see the ETM in 5 years?

A European standard for free information and calculations on the subject of energy and food transition.

Who would you most like to show the ETM to?

Elon Musk to get his feedback.

If an alien looked at the state of the earth as it is now, what would he think?

Why do these people destroy their own home planet slowly but surely?

What is your favorite thing in the world?


What drives you crazy?

People that ignore the consequences of that which can be objectively measured. Ranging from young people that start to smoke to political leaders that think that climate change is nonsense.


  • PhD in Marketing, Operations Research and Computer Science


  • Managing Partner Quintel Intelligence (2008-2016)
  • Managing Director at Quintel Strategy Consulting (now AT Kearney 2002-2008)
  • Senior Partner at Arthur D. Little (1994 - 2002)
  • Senior Manager ICI Plc (1985-1994)