Prof.dr. K. (Kornelis) Blok

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Kornelis Blok (1956) is professor of Energy Systems Analysis. He studied experimental physics at Utrecht University and received a Ph.D. degree in 1991. In 1984 he was one of the founders of Ecofys, where he is now Director of Science, next to his position at Delft University of Technology.

Research

Prof. Blok has extensive research experience in the field of energy efficiency improvement and clean energy production, both from the technology and policy perspective. He played an important role in the development of international climate policies and has worked in many countries around the world. He has authored and co-authored over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, several books and about 250 research reports and other scientific contributions.

Kornelis Blok is responsible for the development of the online energy education programme at the extension school of Delft University of Technology.

He welcomes master students, e.g. from the programmes SET, COSEM en Industrial Ecology who wish to do a master thesis in Energy Systems Analysis. An overview of thesis topics can be found here.

  • K. Blok, A. Afanador, D. van Vuuren: Bridging the Gap – sectoral greenhouse gas emission reduction potentials in 2030, Chapter 4 of: The Emissions Gap Report 2017, UN Environment, Nairobi, Kenya, 2017.
  • N. Klein, K. Blok, L. Lam, L. Wong, B. Borkent: State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2015, World Bank/Ecofys, World Bank Group, Washington D.C., 2015.
  • K. Blok, P. Hofheinz and J. Kerkhoven: The 2015 Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index, The Lisbon Council, Brussel, Belgium, 2015.
  • K. Blok, A. Gardiner: Climate commitments of subnational actors and business – a quantitative assessment of their emission reduction impact, UNEP, 2015.
  • O. Krabbe, G. Linthorst, K. Blok, W. Crijns-Graus, D.P. van Vuuren, N. Höhne, P. Faria, N. Aden, A. Carrillo Pineda: Aligning corporate greenhouse-gas emissions targets with climate goals, Nature Climate Change,5(2015) pp. 1057–1060.
  • B. Brand, K. Blok: Renewable energy perspectives for the North African electricity systems: a comparative analysis of model-based scenario studies, Energy Strategy Reviews 6(2015) pp. 1-11.
  • K. Blok, P. van Breevoort, P. Noothout: Sizing energy efficiency investment, HSBC, London, 2014.
  • K. Blok, N. Höhne, K. van der Leun, N. Harrison: Bridging the Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Gap, Nature Climate Change 2(2012), pp. 471-474.
  • Y. Deng, S. Cornelissen, S. Klaus, K. Blok and K. van der Leun: The Ecofys Energy Scenario, published as part of The Energy Report, WWF International, Gland, Switzerland, 2011.

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Main research interests currently are:

    • Transitioning to 100% sustainable energy systems
    • Acceleration of greenhouse gas emission reduction in the coming decade
    • Using big data for better understanding energy demand and energy efficiency
    • K. Blok and Evert Nieuwlaar: Introduction to Energy Analysis, 2nd edition, Routledge, Amsterdam, 2016, 310 pp (textbook).
    • Y. Deng, S. Cornelissen, S. Klaus, K. Blok and K. van der Leun: The Ecofys Energy Scenario, published as part of The Energy Report, WWF International, Gland, Switzerland, 2011.
    • K. Blok, H.L.F. de Groot, E.E.M. Luiten and M.G. Rietbergen, The Effectiveness of Policy Instruments for Energy-Efficiency Improvement in Firms, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, the Netherlands, 2004.
    • U. Steger, W. Achterberg, K. Blok, H. Bode, W. Frenz, C. Gather, G. Hanekamp, D. Imboden, M. Jahnke, M. Kost, R. Kurz, H. G. Nutzinger and T. Ziesemer, Nachhaltige Entwicklung und Innovation im Energiebereich, Springer, Berlin, 2002, also published in English as: Sustainable Development and Innovation in the Energy Sector, Springer-Verlag, Berlin-Heidelberg, 2004.
    • K. Blok, Onbeperkt houdbaar, een toekomst met duurzame energie (Sustainable for ever, a future with renewable energy), Foundation for Nature Conservation and Environmental Protection, Utrecht, 1984.

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    Interview on the Energy Transition by Science Technology Today, 17 September 2016:

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    Kornelis Blok

    Professor


    Department:
    Engineering Systems and Services

    Group:
    Energy and Industry

    Secretary: 
    Diones Supriana

    Research interests:
    Energy efficiency improvement
    Clean energy production
    Energy and climate policy analysis


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    Prof.dr. K. (Kornelis) Blok

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    Biography

    Kornelis Blok holds a chair in Energy Systems Analysis at Delft University of Technology. He has all-round research experience in the field of energy efficiency improvement, clean energy production, energy system simulation and energy and climate policy analysis. He played an important role in the development of European energy policies and international climate policies and has worked in many countries around the globe. He was a lead author for the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and authored and co-authored over100 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, several books and 250 research reports, conference contributions and other scientific publications.

    In 1984 he was one of the founders of Ecofys, where he is now Director of Science.

    Kornelis Blok was born in 1956, studied experimental physics at Utrecht University and received a Ph.D. degree in 1991 on a thesis ‘On the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions’.


    Awards

    Kornelis Blok was a lead author for the Third and Fourth Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the institution that was award the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.

    With his company he won the Erasmus award for the most innovative company of the Netherlands in 2008.

    In 2015, he was ranked #38 in the Sustainable 100, the most influential people in the area of sustainability in the Netherlands.

    Recent peer-reviewed publications

    1. M. Weiss, M. Junginger, M.K. Patel, K. Blok: A Review of Experience Curve Analysis for Energy Demand Technologies, Technological Forecasting and Social Change 77(2010) pp. 411-428.

    2. M.G. Rietbergen, K. Blok: Setting SMART targets for industrial energy use and industrial energy efficiency, Energy Policy 38(2010) pp. 4339-4354.

    3. M.K. Patel, B.G. Hermann, K. Blok: Twisting biomaterials around your little finger: environmental impacts of bio-based wrappings, International journal of life cycle assessment 15(2010) pp. 346-358.

    4. S. Schimschar, K. Blok, T. Boermans, A. Hermelink: Germany’s path towards nearly zero-energy buildings-Enabling the greenhouse gas mitigation potential in the building stock, Energy Policy, 39(2011) pp. 3346-3360.

    5. B.G. Hermann, M. Carus, M.K. Patel, K. Blok: Current policies affecting the market penetration of biomaterials, Biofuels, Bioproducts & Biorefining 5 (2011) pp. 708-719.

    6. G. Donev, W.G.J.H.M. van Sark, K. Blok, O. Dintchev: Solar water heating potential in South Africa in dynamic energy market conditions, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16(2012) pp. 3002-3013.

    7. H.P. Siderius, S. Jeffcott, K. Blok: International benchmarking: Supplying the information for product efficiency policy makers, Energy Policy 45(2012) pp. 389-398.

    8. Y.Y. Deng, K. Blok, K. van der Leun: Transition to a fully sustainable global energy system, Energy Strategy Reviews, 1(2012) pp. 109-121.

    9. A.D. Patel, K. Meesters, H. den Uil, E. de Jong, K. Blok, M.K. Patel: Sustainability Assessment of Novel Chemical Processes at Early-stage: Application to biobased processes, Energy & Environmental Science 5(2012) pp. 8430-8444.

    10. B.M. Manda, K. Blok, M.K. Patel: Innovations in papermaking – an LCA of printing and writing paper from conventional and high yield pulp, Science of the Total Environment, 439 (2012) pp. 307-320.

    11. K. Blok, N. Höhne, K. van der Leun, N. Harrison: Bridging the Greenhouse-Gas Emissions Gap, Nature Climate Change 2(2012), pp. 471-474.

    12. M.G. Rietbergen, K. Blok: Assessing the Potential Impact of the CO2 Performance Ladder on the Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the Netherlands, Journal of Cleaner Production, 52(2013) pp. 33-45.

    13. C. Warnecke, S. Wartmann, N. Höhne, K Blok: Beyond pure offsetting: Assessing options to generate Net-Mitigation-Effects in carbon market mechanisms, Energy Policy 68(2014) pp. 413-422.

    14. M.G. Rietbergen, A. van Rheede, K. Blok: The target-setting process in the CO2 Performance Ladder: does it lead to ambitious goals for carbon dioxide emission reduction? Journal of Cleaner Production, 103(2015) pp. 549-561.

    15. B. Brand, K. Blok: Renewable energy perspectives for the North African electricity systems: a comparative analysis of model-based scenario studies, Energy Strategy Reviews 6(2015) pp. 1-11.

    16. O. Krabbe, G. Linthorst, K. Blok, W. Crijns-Graus, D.P. van Vuuren, N. Höhne, P. Faria, N. Aden, A. Carrillo Pineda: Aligning corporate greenhouse-gas emissions targets with climate goals, Nature Climate Change, 5(2015) pp. 1057–1060.


    Other recent publications

    1. Contributing author to: Techncial Summary of “Mitigation of Climate Change” - Working Group III Contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Cambridge University Press, New York, USA, 2014.

    2. K. Blok, A. Gardiner: Climate commitments of subnational actors and business – a quantitative assessment of their emission reduction impact, UNEP, 2015.

    3. K. Blok, P. Hofheinz and J. Kerkhoven: The 2015 Energy Productivity and Economic Prosperity Index, The Lisbon Council, Brussel, Belgium, 2015.

    4. N. Bartlett, K. Blok, M. Bosquet, T. Inkster-Draper, J.P. Osornio, E. Whittington: Better partnerships – Understanding and increasing the impact of private sector cooperative initiatives, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership / Ecofys, Cambridge/Utrecht, 2015.

    5. N. Klein, K. Blok, L. Lam, L. Wong, B. Borkent: State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2015, World Bank/Ecofys, World Bank Group, Washington D.C., 2015.

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    subjects
    2019 - Introduction to Energy Systems
    ancillary activities
    Director/Board Member/Associate/Partner/Owner - Ecofys

    1984-05-01 - 2022-05-01

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