Edgar Hertwich

Professor of Industrial Sustainability

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Tel: 203-432-5475

Faculty Support

Timothy De Cerbo
203 436-4421
Judy Crocker

Education & Curriculum Vitae

PhD, Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley

Curriculum Vitae



Edgar Hertwich conducts research on options to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He has shown that the production of materials causes 23% of global greenhouse gas emissions. The focus of his current work is on the contribution of material efficiency and the circular economy to emission reductions, in particular in buildings and transportation. Since 2007, Hertwich has served as a member of the International Resource Panel, and this research has been requested the G7 environment ministers of the Resource Panel. Another area of research focus is on lifestyles and greenhouse gas emissions. Hertwich has collaborated with social scientists to evaluate the effect of changes in consumption patterns on carbon footprints and the effectiveness of social initatives to ensure lower carbon footprints of their participants. 
Among other research contributions, Hertwich has provided a first quantification and analysis of carbon footprints of nations and of emissions embodied in international trade. His team has spearheaded the development of an assessment of the life-cycle environmental impacts of energy technologies and its application to energy scenarios, including the integration of life cycle assessment data in energy scenario models
In 2003 to 2015, Hertwich served as director of the Industrial Ecology Programme at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. In 2017-18, he served as the president of the International Society for Industrial Ecology.



Course Fall 2018 Spring 2019 Fall Spring
Advanced Methods in Industrial Ecology
Carbon Footprints, Modeling and Analysis
M,W - 9:00-10:20