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New anthology highlights technical solutions behind a successful climate transition

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The Handbook on Climate Change and Technology is edited by Frauke Urban, Professor in the Management of Sustainable Energy Systems at the Department of Industrial Economics and Management (INDEK), and Johan Nordensvärd, Associate Professor in Technological Innovation at INDEK at KTH. Photo: Magnus Glans
Published Feb 16, 2024

Around 50 people attended the recent launch of the Handbook on Climate Change and Technology, which included panel debates and a networking lunch hosted by KTH Energy Platform and KTH Climate Action Centre. The handbook is intended to pave the way for improved collaboration around the socio-technical solutions needed to address climate change. Later the same day, the book was presented to Sweden’s Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari, who was visiting KTH.

Much of the technology that makes it possible to address aspects of climate change already exists today at cost-competitive prices. The Handbook on Climate Change and Technology makes a contribution by compiling socio-technical perspectives for addressing climate change from various disciplines, including both technical and social sciences.

“One of the aims of the book is to be sufficiently comprehensive so that people from different sectors and scientific fields can learn from each other. We need a broader systems perspective with knowledge of each other’s sectors to manage climate change,” says Frauke Urban, co-editor of the book and Professor in Industrial Economics at KTH.

Urban’s fellow editor is Johan Nordensvärd, Associate Professor in Industrial Economics at KTH.

Sixty authors from around the world

The handbook includes contributions from approximately 60 authors from research institutions and universities worldwide, of which around 10 are affiliated with KTH. 

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Authors from all over the country participated in the book launch, during which they also took the opportunity to sign copies of the book. Photo: Magnus Glans

KTH Energy Platform hosted the book launch together with the KTH Climate Action Centre.

“The book is set to become a key source of knowledge for all those researchers, students, politicians and decision-makers who need a holistic view of the complex challenges we face in the future,” says Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Director KTH Energy Platform and Professor of Electric Power Grids. 

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Panellists began by giving a brief overview of their chapter in the handbook; Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Professor of Power Grids pictured. Photo: Magnus Glans

During the launch, two panel discussions were held with several of the book’s contributors, both of which were moderated by Francesco Fuso-Nerini, Director of the KTH Climate Action Centre. Both sessions started with brief presentations of the capital each author contributed.

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Panellists began by giving a brief overview of their chapter in the handbook; Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Professor of Power Grids pictured. Photo: Magnus Glans

The first panel consisted of Bertling Tjernberg, Fabian Levihn, researcher at KTH and Head of R&D at Stockholm Exergi, Lennart Söder, Professor of Electric Power Systems, and Martin Björklund, researcher at Linköping University.

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Panellists began by giving a brief overview of their chapter in the handbook; Lina Bertling Tjernberg, Professor of Power Grids pictured. Photo: Magnus Glans

The technology is out there

Participants spoke about how their respective chapters related to others in the book, and what synergies exist in the knowledge presented in the book. Among the conclusions was that much of the technology required to address climate change is already available, such as wind power and energy efficiency measures, but that some areas require more research and development. For existing technical solutions to be scaled up, however, stronger commitment and clearer will on the part of political decision-makers is required.

Discussions focused on the considerable potential of BECCS when used as a complement to other technologies, and how important the buildings of tomorrow will be to reduce the climate impact.

The panellists called for more long-term planning in the energy system, and the need to take into account a greater mix of different forms of production in the future.

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Topics discussed in the second panel discussion included new technologies to reduce the climate impact of transport and industry, as well as policy perspectives. Photo: Magnus Glans

The day’s second panel consisted of Johan Nordensvärd, Associate Professor in Industrial Economics, and Fumi Harahap and Mahrokh Samavati, researchers at KTH’s School of Industrial Technology and Management (ITM), Aneta Kulanovic, researcher at Linköping University and Anna-Maria Nyquist, researcher at the Department of Industrial Economy and Management (INDEK).

The discussion focused on how to increase the implementation of new technical solutions, including in the transport sector, and how the pace of climate action can be increased by collaboration between countries, sectors and companies.

Greater knowledge needed

Among the solutions highlighted was the need to increase knowledge about new technology, such as alternative fuels for decarbonizing aviation and maritime shipping, as well as using political instruments and policies as drivers of technological shifts. The panel also highlighted the importance of everyday lifestyle choices and the opportunities that companies and consumers have to influence progress with their consumption patterns.

The need for measures to enable more sustainable choices, such as better labelling on consumer products that indicate products’ climate impact, was discussed.

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The launch included a mingle and lunch. One of the handbook’s editors, Johan Nordensvärd, Associate Professor in Industrial Economics at KTH, is seen here in discussion with moderator Francesco Fuso-Nerini, Director of the KTH Climate Action Centre. Photo: Magnus Glans

The book launch concluded with a joint networking lunch for all participants.

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Lina Bertling Tjernberg presents a copy of the Handbook on Climate Change and Technology to Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari, and State Secretary Daniel Westlén. Photo: Magnus Glans

Later in the day, the book was presented to Sweden’s Climate and Environment Minister Romina Pourmokhtari who was visiting KTH to learn about the development of fusion power, particularly at the Novatron Fusion Group. Last year, KTH Energy Platform held a seminar on fusion technology projects, read more about the planning of the KTH Fusion Centre. 

Read an interview with Frauke Urban about the handbook.

Learn about a popular science anthology published by KTH Energy Platform in collaboration with Swedish non-profit membership organisation VA (Public & Science). 

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Panellists and some of the book’s approximately 60 authors from research institutions and universities all over the world. Photo: Magnus Glans

New book: Handbook on Climate Change and Technology

Book cover

The anthology Handbook on Climate Change and Technology is edited by Frauke Urban (KTH) and Johan Nordensvärd (KTH/LiU) and published by Edward Elgar Publishing. The book’s 32 chapters are written by approximately 60 contributors from research institutions and universities in countries such as Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and the US.

The handbook looks at technical solutions and includes economics, politics and sociology in the search for sustainable solutions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.

The latest research in energy, transport and industry is reviewed and the role that technology plays in key sectors such as agriculture and forestry to make them more sustainable. The authors reflect on technology’s position in society and illustrate the broader socio-technical systems that determine the impact of new technologies. They also call for stronger political will to implement, finance and scale-up technical initiatives to tackle climate change worldwide.

Read more about the content of the book on the publisher’s website and order your print or digital copy. 

You can also find the book at the KTH Library as an e-book. 

TEXT: Magnus Trogen Pahlén