International Energy Advisory Council

Lars J. Nilsson

Wednesday 5 November 2014

Lars J. Nilsson (Sweden), Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies, Lund University, Sweden. Lars J. Nilsson has a PhD in Energy Systems Studies (1993) from Lund University and was a Visiting Research Fellow at Princeton University in 1994-95 (Centre for Energy and Environmental Studies). He has more than 25 years of experience in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, energy systems, as well as energy and climate policy analysis. Recent research has focused on different aspects of low carbon transition policy strategies and governance in the context of multi-objective strategies for sustainable development. A topical field of research is low carbon transitions in industry and their co-evolution with energy system transitions in the perspective of green economy, industrial development and innovation policy strategies. He was a lead (Ch. 8 on Integration), contributing (Ch.11 on Policy) and SPM author in the 2011 IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. He was Director of the multi-disciplinary research program LETS2050: Governing Transitions to Low Carbon Energy and Transport Systems (2009-2013). Key topics included the role of government, co-evolution of technologies and institutions, and policy strategies for sustainable low carbon transitions in buildings, transport and industry. Lars J. Nilsson is currently Vice Dean of Research (for Civil, Architecture, Mechanical/Energy and Design Engineering) at the Faculty of Engineering at Lund University. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Wuppertal Institute and the E.ON Energy Research Centre at RWTH Aachen University.