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Date: Thursday, 13 December 2018
Time: 16:00 – 17:00 h
Location: Energy Academy ​Building
(Nijenborgh 6, 9747 AG Groningen)

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Approaching the energy transition from different perspectives: considering different scales (international, national, regional), different actors (academic, corporate, governance) and different dimensions (technology, society, economy). How do they differ? And how do they actually influence each other? How can we find sound ways forward and change a daunting task into a fascinating challenge and an opportunity that can bring multiple benefits?

Prof. Dr. André Faaij will take you on a deep dive energy transition journey, saying his goodbyes to Groningen with this public farewell lecture, including an expert panel discussion and interaction with the audience.




The energy transition is a process of unprecedented magnitude, complexity and urgency on a global scale. While global energy use may easily double towards 2050, GHG emissions should be reduced by some 90% to keep climate change under some level of control. This transition has far-reaching economic, societal and environmental implications both globally and locally and the possible and desired pathways will vary across regions, cultures and societies.

Today’s seminar will take you on a deep dive into one of the biggest challenges that lie before us. André will share his views on different and changing perspectives of the energy transition, building on recent research insights and developments in the market and policy. He is joined by an expert panel that will, together with the audience in the room, raise questions and undoubtedly fire up discussions.

Panel of experts:

. Ante Frens of NAM

. Nienke Homan of Province of Groningen

. Bert Stuij of New Energy Coalition

The panel members will reflect on Faaij’s presentation, discussing the developments that are laying ahead. Can we step away from our own position in this energy transition and explore the countless other perspectives? Join the discussion and discover new views! New ways of thinking, that will maybe change your own perspective entirely.


15.30 |            Reception with coffee & tea
16.00 |            Welcome by Gertjan Lankhorst, CEO of New Energy Coalition
16.10 |            Lecture by André Faaij, director of science ECN part of TNO
16.45 |            Reaction of expert panel
17.15 |            Discussion with audience
17.40 |            Conclusion by Gertjan Lankhorst




André Faaij

Untill recently André Faaij was Chief Scientist of New Energy Coalition and Scientific Director of Energy Academy Europe. As per the 1st of November he is appointed Director of Science of ECN part of TNO, the largest energy research organisation of the Netherlands. Faaij will stay connected to Groningen (part-time) holding his chair as Distinguished Professor of Energy System Analysis at the University of Groningen.
Faaij’s research covers, amongst others, energy system transitions & scenario analysis, technological learning and energy policies, bio-based economy, carbon capture and storage, renewable energy and alternative transport fuels.

He supervised (40+) and supervises (20+) a range of PhD-projects in the mentioned areas. He is in particular experienced in research and management of research in a multidisciplinary as well as international settings. Examples are programmes for the National Science Foundation, large multi-year programmes on energy system analyses, CCS, Biobased Economy and a wide range projects for the EC, international bodies (UN, IEA, a.o.) and companies. Acquired research funds for own research amount some 40 MEuro to date.
He works as an advisor for governments, the EC, IEA, the UN system, GEF, OECD, WEF, WEC, the energy sector & industry and NGO’s. He contributed to various IPCC reports, the World and Global Energy Assessment and IEA’s World Energy Outlook. Furthermore, he was appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, awarded the Linneborn Prize for outstanding contributions to the development of energy from biomass and as one of many scientists of the IPCC he was jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Faaij published over 600 titles in scientific journals, reports, books and proceedings, and qualifies as ‘highly cited researcher’ (top 1% of research field) by criteria of Thomson Reuters ISI Web of Science and is frequently lecturing across the globe.

It is defined as an Energy Learning Activity for students of the Hanze UAS and the University of Groningen. Students are invited to attend as many Energy Learning Activities as they want, at all stages of their education.
Energy Learning Activities are part of the Energy Academy Europe Certificate. If students follow 10 Energy Learning Activities and also complete 30 ECTS in energy courses at Hanze UAS or the University of Groningen, they are eligible for obtaining the EAE Certificate.

Website: New Energy Coalition