André Faaij is appointed as Director of Science of ECN part of TNO, the largest energy research organisation of the Netherlands, the merger between ECN (Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands and the energy division of TNO the Netherlands Organisation for applied scientific research. He focuses on strategy, large research initiatives and collaboration with academia. He combines this position with a part time chair as Distinguished Professor Energy System Analysis at the University of Groningen (RUG).
Prior to this position he was Chief Scientist of the New Energy Coalition (including the Energy Academy Europe), Distinguished Professor at RUG and until 2014, he was appointed as Professor and scientific director of the Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development of Utrecht University.
Current research covers in particular energy system integration questions, related scenario analysis and model development, transition processes towards low carbon energy systems and related innovation and policy questions, with specific attention for the role of biobased economy and CCS.
He worked and words 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.
He published over 600 titles in scientific journals, reports, books and proceedings, qualifies as ‘highly cited researcher’ (top 1% of research field).