Edgar Hertwich

Professor of Industrial Sustainability

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Tel: 203-432-5475

Faculty Support
Timothy De Cerbo, 203 436-4421



I am a member of the International Resource Panel , where I lead the Working Group on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials. 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, the 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.


My research interests cover climate mitigation, life cycle assessment, 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?

Selected Projects

  • GLAMURS: Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability
  • DESIRE: Development of a System of Indicators for a Resource-Efficient Europe
  • ADVANCE: Model development and validation for climate policy analysis
  • Carbon CAP: Consumption-based accounting and policy
  • CENSES: Center for sustainable energy studies
  • Clean Energy Choices: Resource Efficiency and Environmental Trade-Offs of Clean Energy Options

Recent Publications