Edgar Hertwich

Yale University
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Professor of Industrial Sustainability at the Center for Industrial Ecology at Yale University




General Information

Member ID 0005
First Name Edgar
Last Name Hertwich
Member Since Feb 10, 2001


I serve as the president of ISIE in 2017-2018. I ran with the aim to strengthen the interaction with and participation of practitioners in industry and policy making, and to increase the relevance of ISIE to our scientific work. In addition, I initiated a process of institutional reform.
I am a member of the International Resource Panel where I led the development of reports on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials and the environmental benefits and trade-offs of low-carbon electricity. I have contributed to the IPCC 5th assessment report as a lead author of the energy systems chapter and the methods annex, as well as a contributor to the Technical Summary and the Summary for Policy makers. Further, I have contributed to the Global Energy Assessment. I am a member of the editorial board of Environmental Science & Technology, Journal of Industrial Ecology, and the Journal of Economic Structure.

I was born in Salzburg, Austria. I have an engineering degree from the HTL Braunau, an Bachelor in physics (Magna Cum Laude) from Princeton University, and an MSc and PhD in energy & resources from the University of California, Berkeley.

From 2003 to 2015, I have directed the Industrial Ecology Programme and worked as professor in Energy and Process Engineering at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway. Before that, I was a research scholar at the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis in Laxenburg, Austria

Research Interests

My research interests cover climate change mitigation, energy and resource use, sustainable consumption and production, trade and environment, and risk analysis. I am interested in understanding how activities in our society produce environmental pressures, the dynamics in our development that affect these driving forces and their resulting environmental pressures, and alternative courses of action that can reduce these pressures. What is the connection between human activities on the one hand and emissions and resource use on the other hand? What are the implications of our current development path? What do we need to change, both in terms of individual actions and policy frameworks, to achieve a more sustainable development

Contact Information

Organization Yale University
Email Only visible to members
City New Haven
Country United States

Website contributions from this member

Nov 09, 2017 PhD at Yale
Oct 31, 2017 President’s corner
Dec 20, 2018 Call for Conference Proposals - ISIE 2021
Sep 01, 2017 Seeking ISIE Web Strategist
Sep 01, 2017 Seeking ISIE Blog Editor
Oct 11, 2017 Professor, Energy Systems, Yale
Mar 03, 2019 Researcher on Climate Mitigation, Emission Trends, and Emission Scenarios at CICERO Center for International Climate Research
Feb 23, 2018 An Independent ISIE
Apr 30, 2018 PostDoc, LCA of High-End Manufacturing, Yale
Apr 30, 2018 Lecturer, Life Cycle Assessment, Yale University
Jan 22, 2019 ISIE moves from Yale to Leiden
Sep 12, 2018 Award Ceremony honors Marina Fischer-Kowalski
Sep 08, 2018 ISIE Administration: Thank you Judy! Welcome Lizelle.
Oct 03, 2018 ISIE - transition to an independent society
Oct 19, 2018 ISIE biannual conference, 7-11 July 2019
Nov 01, 2018 Xuemei Bai wins Volvo Environment Prize
Nov 27, 2018 Volunteers for conference planning committee
Nov 30, 2018 JIE - Open Access?
Dec 07, 2018 Democracy Now!
Dec 11, 2018 Material Efficiency, Circular Economy, and Climate Change
Jan 11, 2019 ISIE Prizes - Call for Nominations
Apr 22, 2019 PhD Level Research Scientist/Sustainability Science Researcher at Amazon
May 20, 2019 PhD studentship, Data Science for Future Sustainability, NTNU

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