Aalto Systems Forum

Governing Transitions to Low-carbon Energy and Transport Systems

A Public Lecture by Prof. Lars J. Nilsson

Wednesday, February 16th 2011 at 12.15-13.15
Riihi room (U229a), Systems Analysis Laboratory, Otakaari 1 M, Aalto University School of Science, Espoo

A transition of energy and transport systems is necessary for meeting 2050 energy and climate policy goals. Addressing these goals  will fundamentally alter societies in a way that is reminiscent of an 'industrial revolution'. Future energy and scenario studies show that such transitions are possible from a resource, technology and economic point of view. But carrying out such a transition involves unprecedented challenges for political institutions and processes and most likely requires new and innovative approaches to governance.

The event is organized by the Systems Analysis Laboratory of Aalto University School of Science in cooperation with the Helsinki Institute of Science and Technology Studies (HIST).


Lars J Nilsson is Professor of Environmental and Energy Systems Studies at Lund University, Sweden. He has more than 20 years experience in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as energy and climate policy. He is a lead author in the forthcoming IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation. He is currently Director of the 4 MEUR research programme LETS: Governing Transitions to Low Carbon Energy and Transport Systems funded by the Swedish EPA and other agencies.


The event is free of charge and open for all who are interested. The event will be held in English.

Aalto Systems Forum

The growing challenge of our time is the need to have the ability to see and manage wholes, i.e. systems. The Aalto Systems Forum aims to be a platform of dialogue for practitioners and reasearchers to share the latest results of the field by top international scholars.

Aalto Systems Forum is organized by the Systems Analysis Laboratory of the Aalto University School of Science. http://www.sal.hut.fi/en/aaltosystemsforum/