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Energy Systems and Environmental Assessment

A sustainable development requires adaption to and mitigation of climatic changes as well as long-term energy security, which in turn put high demands on renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. In addition, to be sustainable, energy systems need to be analyzed together with significant interacting systems, such as ecosystems. Furthermore, integration of such analyses in planning and decision making requires knowledge on legislative boundaries and planning processes, particularly concerning environmental assessment.

The research on Energy Systems and Environmental Assessment is funded by the strategic research area STandUp for Energy , FORMAS, Brazilian National Counsel of Technological and Scientific Development, and the Swedish Energy Agency. It involves development of methods and tools for integration of energy and environmental considerations in planning and decision making, decision support for forest biomass harvesting, and spatial modelling of sustainable energy landscapes.

Ongoing research and activities

A Landscape Ecological Assessment Tool for REEEM

GIS-based methods for planning of sustainable wind power

Strengthen the strategic municipal energy planning

Bioenergy options in Brazil - environmental impacts of land use change

Energy landscapes

Integrated sustainability assessment of forest bioenergy options

Environmental assessment of forest bioenergy in multiple-use landscapes

Hydrological modeling as a tool for water resources management

MAP-Stump: A decision support system for forest biomass harvesting

Hydropower and environmental flows – tools for decision support

Earlier research and activities

Energy-environment systems analysis

Improving the environmental performance of the construction sector

Seminar: Using systems thinking to promote renewable energy and sustainability

Seminar and workshop: Energy landscapes - integrating multiple criteria for decision making

Selected publications

2018 Freitas, F.L.M., Sparovek, G., Berndes, G., Persson, M., Englund, O., Barretto, A., Mörtberg, U., 2018. Potential increase of legal deforestation in Brazilian Amazon after Forest Act revision . Nature Sustainability 1: 665–670.
2018 Engström, R., Destouni, G., Mörtberg, U., Howells, M., 2018. Multi‐functionality of nature‐based and other urban sustainability solutions: New York City study . Land Degradation and Development 29: 3653-3662.
2018 Wretling, V., 2018, Strengthening the municipal energy planning – Integration into comprehensive planning, performance of impact assessment and inclusion of national environmental objectives . Licentiate thesis, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
2018 Wretling, V., Gunnarsson-Östling, U., Hörnberg, C., Balfors, B., 2018. Strategic municipal energy planning in Sweden – Examining current energy planning practice and its influence on comprehensive planning . Energy Policy 113, 688-700.
2017 Freitas, F.L.M., Englund, O., Sparovek, G., Berndes, G., Guidotti, V., Mörtberg, U., 2017. Who owns the Brazilian carbon?  Global Change Biology 24: 2129-2142.
2017 Pang, X. 2017. Trade-off analysis of forest ecosystem services – A modelling approach . PhD thesis, TRITA-SEED-PHD 2017:02. Dept. of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
2017 Pang, X., Nordström, E.-M., Böttcher, H., Trubins, R., Mörtberg, U., 2017. Trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services under different forest management scenarios – the LEcA tool . Ecosystem Services 28: 67-79.
2017 Freitas, F.L.M., Sparovek, G., Mörtberg, U., Silveira, S., Klug, I., Berndes, G., 2017. Offsetting legal deficits of native vegetation among Brazilian landholders: Effects on nature protection and socioeconomic development . Land Use Policy 68: 189-199.
2017 Freitas, F.L.M. 2017. Brazilian land use policies and the development of ecosystem services . Licentiate thesis in Land and Water Resources Engineering, KTH Architecture and the Built Environment, Stockholm, TRITA-LWR LIC 2017:01, 39 pp.
2017 Pang, X., Mörtberg, U., Sallnäs, O., Trubins, R., Nordström, E.-M. and Böttcher, H. 2017. Habitat network assessment of forest bioenergy options using the landscape simulator LandSim – A case study of Kronoberg, southern Sweden . Ecological Modelling 345: 99-112.
2017 Olsson, B., Hannrup, B., Jönsson, M., LarsOlle, A., Nordström, M., Mörtberg, U., Rudolphi, J. & Strömgren, M. 2016. A decision support model for individual tree stump harvest options based on criteria for economic return and environmental protection . Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research 32: 246-259.
2017

Mörtberg, U., Goldenberg, R., Kalantari, Z., Kordas, O., Deal, B., Balfors, B. and Cvekovic, V. 2017. Integrating ecosystem services in the assessment of urban energy trajectories - A study of the Stockholm Region . Energy Policy 100: 338-349.

2017 Karlsson, C.S.J., Miliutenko, S., Björklund, A., Mörtberg, U., Olofsson, B., Toller, S., 2017. Life cycle assessment in road infrastructure planning using spatial geological data . The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 22: 1302–1317.
2017 Larsolle, A., Hannrup, B., Jönsson, M., Mörtberg, U., Nordström, M., Olsson, B., Rudolphi, J. and Strömgren, M. 2017. Modellbaserat beslutsstöd för stubbskörd  [Model based decision support for stump harvest, in Swedish]. Report 094, Department of Energy and Technology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
2016

Freitas, F.L.M., Sparovek, G. and Hiromiti Matsumoto, M. 2016. A Adicionalidade do Mecanismo de Compensação de Reserva Legal da Lei no 12.651/2012 : uma análise da oferta e demanda de cotas de reserva ambiental. Chapter 5 in: Moreira da Silva, A.P., Rodrigues Marques, H. and Sambuichi, R.H.R. (eds.). Mudanças no código florestal brasileiro: desafios para a implementação da nova lei. Rio de Janeiro: IPEA: 125-158 [in Portugese].

2016 Pang, X. 2016. Modelling trade-offs between forest bioenergy and biodiversity . Licentiate thesis TRITA-LWR LIC 2015:03, Department of Sustainable Development, Environmental Science and Engineering, KTH, Stockholm.
2015 Siyal, S.H., Mentis, D., Mörtberg, U., Samo, S.R. and Howells, M. 2015. A preliminary assessment of wind generated hydrogen production potential to reduce the gsoline fuel used in road transprot sector of Sweden . International Journal of Hydrogen Energy 40: 6501-6511.
2015 Siyal, S.H., Mörtberg, U., Mentis, D., Babelon, I., Welsch, M. and Howells, M. 2015. Wind energy assessment considering geographic and environmental restrictions in Sweden: A GIS-based approach . Energy 83: 447-461.

2014

Pang, X., Mörtberg, U. & Brown, N. 2014. Energy models from a strategic environmental assessment perspective – what is missing concerning renewables?   Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 33: 353-362.

2013

Pang, X., Nordström, E.-M., Mörtberg, U., Böttcher, H. and Sallnäs, O. 2013. Trade-offs and synergies among ecosystem services and biodiversity under different forest management scenarios – case study of a forest landscape in southern Sweden. Interim report, Young Scientists Summer Program at International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, Austria.

2013

Uttam, K., Balfors, B., Faith-Ell, C. & Mörtberg, U. 2013. Perspectives on inter-linking impact assessment and green procurement: The case of green energy . Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management 15: 1340004-1 - 1340004-25.

2013 Suwala, W., Wyrwa, A., Pluta, M., Jedrysik, E., Karl, U., Fehrenbach, D., Wietschel, M., Bossman, T., Elsland, R., Fichtner, W., Genoese, M., Hartel, R., Bublitz, A., Merkel, E., Poganietz, W.-R., Silveira, S., Morfeldt, J., Mörtberg, U., Höjer, M., Brown, N., Pang, X., Möst, D., Muller, T., Gunkel, D., Blesl, M., Kuder, R., Beestermöller, R., & Nijs, W. 2013. Shaping our energy system – combining European modelling expertise. Case studies of the European energy system in 2050. Energy System Analysis Agency (ESA2), KIC InnoEnergy, European Institute of Innovation and Technology, Report available at www.esa2.eu.
2013 Brown, N., Wang, L., Balfors, B. & Mörtberg, U. 2013. Sectoral Energy Report. Synthesis Report: ICT for energy efficiency in buildings and strategic environmental assessment for smart grids. Division of Environmental Strategies Research, KTH Royal Institute of Technology. TRITA-INFRA-FMS 2013:1, ISSN 1652-5442.

Conference contributions

2017 Byström, G., Mörtberg, U. and Johansson, M. 2017. GIS-based methods for sustainable wind power planning . Oral presentation at the Conference on Wind energy and Wildlife impacts, CWW 2017 Estoril, 6-8 September in Estoril, Portugal.
2017 Pang, X., Mörtberg, U., Trubins, R., Sallnäs, O., Mizgeris, G., Kulbokas, G., Galinis, A. and Lekavicius, V. 2017. The Landscape simulation and Ecological Assessment (LEcA) tool – Linking with the energy model MESSAGE . Poster presented at the Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E) start-up meeting 17-18 May 2017 in EC headquarters, Brussels.
2017 Welsch, J., Schmid, D., Montenegro, R., Pang, X., Gardumi, F., Balyk, O., Korkmaz, U., Fahl, U., Howells, M. and Karlsson, K. 2017. Multi-sectoral modelling of decarbonisation pathways: a pilot thought experiment . Poster presented at the Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E) start-up meeting 17-18 May 2017 in EC headquarters, Brussels.
2015 Mazzareo de Freitas, F.L., Mörtberg, U. and Sparovek, G. 2015. Additionality oft he compensation mechanism oft he Brazilian Forest Code . Poster presented at the Visit of the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff, 19 October 2015, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
2015 Mazzareo de Freitas, F.L., Mörtberg, U. and Sparovek, G. 2015. Towards integrated sustainability assessment of forest bioenergy options in Brazil . Poster presented at the KTH Energy Dialogue, 26 November 2015, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm.
2015 Mörtberg, U., de Strasser, L., Howells, M. & Gordon, S. 2015. Assessing the energy-water-land use nexus. Oral presentation at the Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, “Impact Assessment in the Digital Era”, 20-23 April 2015 in Florence, Italy.
2015 Mörtberg, U., Pang, X., Nordström, E.-M. & Sallnäs, O. 2015. Policy assessment of forest bioenergy options. Oral presentation at the Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment, “Impact Assessment in the Digital Era”, 20-23 April 2015 in Florence, Italy.
2015 Mörtberg, U., Deal, B., Cvetkovic, V., Balfors, B., Azcarate, J., Haas, J. & Pang, X. 2015. Integrating ecosystem services in urban energy trajectories. Oral presentation at the Biennial International Workshop Advances in Energy Studies (BIWAES) 4-7 May 2015 in Stockholm, Sweden.
2015 Mörtberg, U., Babelon, I., Malmgren, S. & Holmstedt, C. 2015. Wind power planning in Sweden – the treatment of biodiversity and ecosystem services. In: Köppel, J. & Schuster, E. (eds.). Book of Abstracts. Conference on Wind Energy and Wildlife Impacts, 10-12 March in Berlin, Germany. Technische Universität Berlin, p. 49.

2014

DeStrasser, L., Howells, M., Lipponen, A., Mörtberg, U., Destouni, G., Mentis, D. & Gordon, S. 2014. Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus in transboundary river basins. Poster presented at the Interantional Conference Sustainability in the Water-Energy-Food Nexus, 19-20 May 2014 in Bonn, Germany.

2013

Mörtberg, U. 2013. Biodiversity, ecosystem services and renewable energy options. Seminar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, IIASA, 26 June 2013, Laxenburg, Austria (invited speaker).

2013

Mörtberg, U. 2013. Methods for environmental assessment of wind power policy and plans. Book of Abstracts, Conference on Wind Power and Environmental Impacts, 5-7 February 2013, Stockholm. Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Report 6546, ISSN 0282-7298.

2013

Mörtberg, U. 2013. Methods for environmental assessment of wind power policy and plans. Book of Abstracts, Conference on Wind Power and Environmental Impacts, 5-7 February 2013, Stockholm. Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, Report 6546, ISSN 0282-7298.

2012

Balfors, B., Mörtberg, U. & Wang, L. 2012. Strategic Environmental Assessment of Energy Plans in Sweden. (Oral presentation) Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA): Energy Future – The Role of Impact Assessment, 27 May – 1 June 2012 in Porto, Portugal.

2012

Mörtberg, U. & Pang, Xi. 2012. Biomass extraction and tools for impact prediction. Oral presentation at the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Conference Energy Future – The Role of Impact Assessment, 27 May – 1 June 2012 in Porto, Portugal.

2012

Mörtberg, U. 2012. ”Förnybar energi och landskap – att planera för mångbruk“. Oral presentation at the International Association for Landscape Ecology (IALE) Sweden, „Förnyelsebar energi, hur påverkas landskapet? Vindkraft och skogsbiobränslen i fokus“, 4-5 October 2012 in Halmstad, Sweden. [In Swedish].

2012

Mörtberg, U. 2012. Strategic environmental assessment of scenarios for wind power plants. Technoport – Sharing possibilities, Renewable Energy Research Conference, Trondheim, 16-18 April 2012.

2012

Nordström, E.-M., Poudel, B., Böttcher, H., Bergh, J., Mörtberg, U., Kraxner, F. & Nordin, A. 2012. Future forests scenarios: Analysing impacts of Swedish forest policy on ecosystem services, land use and the European market. Poster presented at Worlds within reach, from science to policy, IIASA 40th Anniversary Conference, Vienna and Laxenburg, Austria, 24-26 October 2012.

2011

Aronsson, P., Caruso, A., Hannrup, B., Hansson, P.-A., Jönsson, M., Larsolle, A., Lindholm, E.-L., Möller, J., Mörtberg, U., Nordström, M., Olsson, B., Rudolphi, J. and Strömgren, M. 2011. MAP-Stump - Multicriteria planning of stump harvest. Poster presentation at the International Symposium: “Tree-Stumps for Bioenergy - Harvesting Techniques and Environmental Consequences”, 24-26 October 2011, Uppsala, Sweden.

2011

Tessema, S.M. & Mörtberg, U. 2011. Hydropower and environmental assessment – tools for decision support. Poster presented at KTH Energy Initiative, 9 November 2011, KTH, Stockholm, Sweden.

2011

Uttam, K., Balfors, B. & Mörtberg, U. 2011. Promoting renewable energy through green procurement and impact assessment. World Renewable Energy Congress 8-13 May 2011, Linköping, Sweden. Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 57 : Volume 12 Sustainable Cities and Regions, Linköping University Electronic Press. pp. 3002-3009.

2011

Uttam, K., Balfors, B., Faith-Ell, C. & Mörtberg, U. 2011. Procuring green energy in the construction sector. Conference Proceedings, “Impact Assessment and Responsible Development for Infrastructure, Business and Industry“, 31st Annual Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment, 28 May - 4 June 2011, Puebla, Mexico (www.iaia.org).

2010

Mörtberg, U. & Balfors, B. 2010. Energy systems and environmental assessment. Paper presented at International Energy Workshop, 21-23 June 2010, Stockholm, Sweden.

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Senast ändrad: 2018-12-11