David McCollum


Harnessing Systems Analytical Tools to develop Sustainable Energy Scenarios for the 21st Century – PDF

Author: David McCollum


Reaching the economic, environmental, and sustainability objectives of all societies requires overcoming several major energy challenges. The scenario pathways highlighted in this talk describe transformative changes toward these goals, taking a broad view of the major energy sustainability challenges of the 21st century. The overarching goal of the work is to provide policy guidance on how to facilitate the transformation of the energy system to achieve these multiple energy objectives. Particular focus is given to their complex interlinkages, namely the synergies and trade-offs between the objectives and the quantification of co-benefits. The work approaches the global transition toward sustainable development in an integrated, holistic manner, exploring the dynamics through the lens of systems analysis.


Dr. David McCollum is a researcher with the IIASA Energy Program. His main fields of scientific interest include techno-economic analysis of advanced energy and transport technologies and the development and application of energy-economic and integrated assessment models. His research attempts to inform national, regional, and global energy and environmental policies on matters related to climate change, sustainable transport, energy security, and air pollution. To this end, McCollum performs long-term scenario analyses, particularly focusing on potential transitions for the energy system and the complex synergies and trade-offs between multiple energy objectives. In 2011 he received his doctorate in transportation technology & policy from the Institute of Transportation Studies in the University of California, Davis, USA, , following the completion of an MSc in agricultural & resource economics from the same institution, and a BSc in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee, USA. McCollum authored multiple chapters of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report (Working Group III).


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