Edgar Hertwich is a Professor of Energy and Process Engineering and director of the Industrial Ecology Programme at NTNU. He contributed to the IPCC 5th report as a lead author of the energy systems chapter.  He has also contributed to the Global Energy Assessment. Additionally, he is a member of the International Resource Panel, where he leads the Working Group on the Environmental Impacts of Products and Materials. Further, he is a member of the editorial board of Environmental Science & Technology, the journal of Industrial Ecology, and the journal of Economic Structure.

His research interests cover climate mitigation, sustainable consumption and production, and trade and the environment.