Greenstar Capital Adds to Its Team Former ABN Amro Bank Director

Former ABN Amro Bank director Joep Gorgels joins Greenstar Capital as senior advisor shipping, to further facilitate Greenstar’s growth, a company which is focused on investment opportunities in carbon allowances, environmental commodities and renewable energy.

Joep Gorgels spent more than two decades with ABN Amro Bank, as managing director global transportation and logistics and country executive Norway.

He is currently co-director of EST-Floattech providing maritime energy storage systems and has similar advisory roles at Value Maritime and Onboard.

Gorgels is a senior banker and shipping executive with a wide range of leadership roles in shipping, the energy transition, and finance under his belt.

Max Spanjer, co-founder and managing partner, Greenstar Capital, said Joep´s huge network and expertise in the shipping and finance sectors will further fuel Greenstar’s growth.

Greenstar Capital offers the first fund in the EU that invests in physical carbon allowances.

The company claims that an investment in the Greenstar Capital EU ETS fund can be “an elegant interim solution and natural protection” against the rapidly rising prices of the EU carbon allowances (EU ETS).

“No proprietary infrastructure is needed and currently the fund beats the rising EU ETS market with an additional 5.5%. When needed hedges can be redeemed in the form of physical allowances or cash,” the company says.

“The combination of Joep’s knowledge, network and his drive to implement innovative solutions for decarbonizing the shipping industry, make him an excellent addition to the Greenstar team,” said Max Spanjer.

Bart Kas, Managing Partner expects Joep’s joining will help shipping companies: “Joep’s experience and deep understanding of the shipping industry combined with our knowledge of the carbon and energy markets, should be of great added value for the shipping industry – especially regarding the challenges around decarbonization the shipping sector is facing in the near future”.