Edgar Hertwich

NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
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International Chair and Professor of Industrial Ecology, NTNU




General Information

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


I served as president of ISIE in 2017-2018. During my presidency, the society decided to become an independent organization. With the help of the Council, Ester van der Voet and Paul Hoekman, I set up the new organization in the Netherlands and helped develop a new set of by-laws. We reformed the operations of the society, resulting in substantial cost savings and putting the society on a more secure footing.
I am a member of the International Resource Panel where I led the development of three reports on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials, the Environmental Benefits and Trade-offs of Low-Carbon Electricity, and Resource Efficiency and Climate Change. 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.
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, an MSc and PhD in energy & resources from the University of California, Berkeley, and an honorary Master degree from Yale University.

From 2015 to 2019, I was a professor of industrial sustainability at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and director of the Center for Industrial Ecology.
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, material efficiency energy and resource use, sustainable consumption and production, trade and environment, and scenario 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 individually and as society, to achieve a more sustainable development?

Contact Information

Organization NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Email Only visible to members
City Trondheim
Country Norway

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
Oct 03, 2018 ISIE - transition to an independent society
Sep 08, 2018 ISIE Administration: Thank you Judy! Welcome Lizelle.
Sep 12, 2018 Award Ceremony honors Marina Fischer-Kowalski
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
Aug 13, 2019 Winner of The 2019 Society Prize, awarded for outstanding contributions to the field of industrial ecology – Professor Yi Qian and Professor Marian Chertow
May 20, 2019 PhD studentship, Data Science for Future Sustainability, NTNU
Aug 13, 2019 Winner of the 2019 Laudise Medal, awarded for outstanding achievements in industrial ecology by a researcher under the age of 36, - Francesca Verones
Jan 20, 2021 EVs have lower emissions and are cheaper to own and operate than alternatives - The New York Times
Jan 20, 2021 International Resource Panel webinar: 2 Feb 2021
Jan 22, 2021 ISIE webinar - Modeling Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low Carbon Future - 18 Feb
Jan 22, 2021 ISIE Webinar - Policy Perspectives on Material Efficiency Strategies for a Low Carbon Future

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