The HES Group

In the Human-Environment Systems (HES) group we conduct problem-driven environmental research. Currently we focus on analysing pathways for creating a sustainable electricity system for Europe and beyond, studying means to mitigate human vulnerability to climate and other natural hazards, and understanding the effects of policies on the use and protection of natural resources.

Learn more about our group

Latest News

2015/02/19 – New "ETH Zukunftsblog"

Oscar van Vliet, The grey energy in smartphones and sausages

2015/02/03 – Tages-Anzeiger's Politblog with Anthony Patt

Read the full  article (in German) on the Tages-Anzeiger's web site.

Research Units

We have three research units: Electricity decarbonization, Climate change adaptation and natural hazards, and Natural Resource Policy. The third research unit is independently funded but is embedded within the HES group

Latest Publications

  • Ondraczek J, Komendantova N, Patt A. (2015, online first). WACC the dog: The effect of financing costs on the levelized cost of solar PV power. Renewable Energy, 75:888-898. DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2014.10.053 (3.2015)
  • Damerau, K., van Vliet, O. P. R., & Patt, A. G. (2015, online first). Direct impacts of alternative energy scenarios on water demand in the Middle East and North Africa. Climatic Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10584-015-1345-y (2.2015)
  • Lieberherr, E. (2015). Trade-Offs and Synergies: Horizontalization and legitimacy in the Swiss wastewater sector. Public Management Review, 1-23. doi: 10.1080/14719037.2015.1014397 (2.2015)
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