Wim Turkenburg

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Wim C. Turkenburg (born 20 January 1947, Hillegom) is emeritus professor 'Science, Technology & Society' (STS) at Utrecht University and owner of a consultancy on energy and environmental issues. He is member of the board of the Foundation Preparation Pallas reactor as well as member of some advisory and programming committees. Also he is member of the editorial board of the scientific journal Energy for Sustainable Development. He authored or co-authored hundreds of publications on energy system analysis, energy technology assessment, renewable energy, carbon capture and storage (CCS), energy efficiency, nuclear energy, energy policies, climate change, and environmental risk assessment. Also he is the Convening Lead Author of the WEA chapter on Renewable Energy Technologies (2000) and the GEA chapter on Renewable Energy (2012).

He was director of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development of Utrecht University as well as scientific director of the Utrecht Center for Energy research (UCE). He served on a number of international boards and working groups, including the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for Development of the United Nations (UN-CENRD), the Working Group on Energy Supply Mitigation Options of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Executive Committee of the World Energy Assessment (WEA) as well as the Global Energy Assessment (GEA), and the Working Group on Renewable Energy of the World Energy Council (WEC). In addition he served on numerous national boards and committees, including the board of the Energy Research Centre of the Netherlands, the Council on Housing, Physical Planning, and Environment (VROM-raad) of the Netherlands, the General Energy Council (AER) of the Netherlands, the Energy Committee of the Social and Economic Council of the Netherlands (SER), the board of the Dutch research programme on CO2 Capture, Transport and Storage (CATO), the board of the Netherlands' Platform Communication on Climate Change, the board of the Dutch Physical Society (NNV), and the board of the Dutch division of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES).

In 1996 he received in the US the Greenman Award (“to honor important contributions toward harnessing technology so that human race can better live in harmony with the environment”) because of his work on CCS. In 2007 he was one of the co-recipients of the Nobel Price for Peace awarded to IPCC. In 2013 he became ‘Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion’.