In our dynamic world energy is crucial. We need energy for food production, transport, communication, production of materials and chemicals, etc. However, the way we produce and use energy has been very inefficient.
In a world with dwindling fossil fuel reserves, rising global demand for energy and the need to curb greenhouse gas emissions, we need to think about alternative energy sources such as wind, solar and other renewables, as well as about more efficient methods of production and use. The complexity of the energy-environment system calls for an interdisciplinary approach, addressing not only technological innovations but also issues such as changes in attitude and behavior of energy users, political choices, different ways of environmental governance, ethics and the interaction of biofuel production with food production.
Energy research in the department Environmental Economics addresses issues such as renewable energy in Africa, and policy instruments for a low-carbon future in Europe.
EPA project example: CLIMenGO