Current position at VTT
Research background and current research topics
Systems studies on energy and environment, mitigation of climate change.
Research Professor Ilkka Savolainen has over 20-year experience in leading multidisciplinary studies on climate, energy, and economy.
Professor Savolainen’s research has focused on environmental technologies and policies for climate change mitigation. He is currently involved in the development and assessment of environmental technologies and energy systems in the context of climate change mitigation strategies.
Doctor of Technology (PhD) 1980, Helsinki University of Technology
Mr. Ilkka Savolainen is Research Professor at the Technical Research Centre of Finland VTT.
He is also Docent (Adjunct Professor) at the Department of Forest Products Technology of the Aalto University School of Science and Technology, Espoo, Finland.
Previously, he was Professor of Environmental Management at the School of Business and Economics of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
Positions of trust and professional assignments
Professor Savolainen is
Invited Lead Author of the IPCC Special Report on Renewable Energy (2009-2010),
Member the Executive Committee of the OECD IEA Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme (2005 - ),
Member of the Finnish Liaison Committee on IPCC (1993-96, 2002 – ) and Coordinator of the Finnish activities for mitigation of climate change (Working Group 3),
Expert Member of Finland’s Delegation for the Climate Negotiations (Conferences of the Parties to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change 1999-), and
Member the Executive Committee of the OECD IEA Greenhouse Gas R&D Programme (2001-).
Greenhouse impact assessment of peat-based Fischer-Tropsch diesel life cycle.
Kirkinen, J., Soimakallio, S., Mäkinen, T., Savolainen, I.
Energy Policy, Volume 38, Issue 1, January 2010, p. 301-311.
Effort sharing in ambitious, global climate change mitigation scenarios.
Ekholm, T., Soimakallio, S., Moltmann, S., Höhne, N., Syri, S., Savolainen, I.
Accepted to be published in Energy Policy. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2009.11.055
Greenhouse impact due to the use of combustible fuels – Life cycle viewpoint
and Relative Radiative Forcing Commitment.
Kirkinen, J., Palosuo, T., Holmgren, K., Savolainen, I.
Environmental Management (2008) 42:458-469.
Global energy and emissions scenarios for effective climate change mitigation
- deterministic and stochastic scenarios with the TIAM model.
Syri, S., Lehtilä, A., Ekholm, T., Savolainen, I., Holttinen, H., Peltola, E.
International Journal of Greenhouse Gas Control 2 (2008) 274-285.
Extension of EU emission trading scheme to other sectors and gases:
consequences for uncertainty of total tradable amount.
Monni, S., Syri, S., Pipatti, R., Savolainen, I.
Water, Air and Soil Pollution: Focus DOI 10.1007/s11267-006-9111-9.
Savolainen has 40 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals and altogether 140 scientific reports and articles in English and 90 in Finnish.
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