Diana Ürge-Vorsatz


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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51

Diana Ürge-Vorsatz is a Professor at the Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy at the Central European University (CEU). She was elected as Vice Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in July 2023. In the Sixth Assessment cycle she served as Vice-Chair of IPCC’s Working Group III. (Mitigation). She was a Coordinating Lead Author in both the Fourth and Fifth Assessment Reports (AR4 and AR5) of the IPCC. She is VicePresident of the Hungarian Scientific Panel on Climate Change. She holds a PhD from the University of California,Berkeley, and UCLA and worked in Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She served as the Co-Chair of the Scientific Steering Committee of the largest conference to date on Cities and Climate Change Science in Edmonton, 2018. She also served on the United Nation’s Scientific Expert Group on Climate Change and led the buildings-related work in the Global Energy Assessment. She has worked on and directed many research projects for organisations including the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Global Environment Facility, UNEP, the World Energy Council, OECD, and the World Bank. She has been serving on the Governing and Advisory boards of several organizations and companies. She is regularly invited to high-level review panels, such as for the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the EU’s Joint Research Centre, and several panels in the European Research Council. She is regularly providing high-level advice on the science-policy interface. She has delivered over 200 keynote speeches worldwide and has over a thousand media appearances, including BBC World News, EuroNews, RTL.


Doctorate in Environmental Science and Engineering 1992-1996 University of California, Los Angeles and Berkeley
Fulbright Scholar, 1993-96 University of California, Berkeley: Energy and Resources Group
Postgraduate Program in Environmental Sciences Central European University (CEU), June-August 1992
Master of Science, Physics, 1986-92 (specialization: Astrophysics; later Environmental Physics) Eötvös Lóránd University of Sciences (ELTE), Budapest
Visiting Student at Brunel, the University of West London, Academic Year 1990-91: Graduate courses in Environmental Pollution Science and research in environmental physics

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Projects with involvement of Diana Ürge-Vorsatz

BIO4EEB: BIO insulation materials for Enhancing the Energy performance of Buildings
Sustainable Energy Transitions Laboratory (SENTINEL)
Making Energy Efficiency First principle operational (ENEFIRST)
Otto Wagner Areal Plus
Employment Impacts of a Large-scale Deep Building Energy Retrofit Programme in Hungary
Energy Efficiency Governance
Post-Lisbon Strategy: the climate and energy policy area
Global Energy Assessment: Energy-Efficient Building Modelling Scenarios
IPCC Outreach event "Climate Change 2007: Implications for Hungary" Key Insights from the IPCC's Fourth assessment Report
Confronting Climate Change: Avoiding the Unmanageable and Managing the Unavoidable
The impact of structural changes in the energy sector of CEE countries on the creation of a sustainable energy path
Energy efficient lighting
Fuel poverty in Hungary
Possibilities for international financial support for environmental remediation projects in Hungary in the light of the EU accession and integration and the accelerated implementation of the Hungarian National Environmental Remediation Plan (OKKP)
IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation
Green Investment Schemes: Maximizing their benefits for climate and society
Global Energy Assessment
Carbon dioxide mitigation potential in the Hungarian tertiary sector
Assessment of policy instruments for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings
Carbon dioxide mitigation potential in the Hungarian residential sector
Designing options for Green Investment Schemes in Hungary
Monitoring Electricity Consumption in the Tertiary Sector (EL-TERTIARY)
European Efficient Residential Lighting Initiative (EnERLIn)
Residential Monitoring to Decrease Energy Use and Carbon Emissions in Europe (REMODECE)
EuroWhiteCert: Stepwise Towards Effective European Energy Efficiency Policy Portfolios Involving White Certificates
Preparation of the Fourth Assessment Report on Climate Change 2007 of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change . Chapter 6: Mitigation options in residential and commercial buildings
Background study for the preparation of the long-term greenhouse gas mitigation strategy of Hungary
The 4C Electricity Project