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Patrick Lamers

Researcher V-Decision Support Analysis


Patrick Lamers is a Senior Topic and Team Lead in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center where he focuses on cross-cutting questions around carbon management and resource use efficiency. He leads many interdisciplinary analyses that bridge life cycle and integrated system assessments, such as the quantification of benefits and tradeoffs for carbon dioxide removal strategies and their integration into the future energy system.

He provides program support to several U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency offices, and currently serves as the U.S. representative for the IEA Bioenergy Task 45 on Climate and Sustainability Effects of Bioenergy within the Broader Bioeconomy.

Patrick has lived and worked on four continents, managing projects for the private sector and governmental and non-governmental agencies. He served as a contributing author to international reports, including the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and is currently an Associate Editor for the journal Frontiers in Climate on Negative Emission Technologies.

Research Interests

Life cycle assessment

Carbon dioxide removal

Energy systems modeling

International collaboration


Ph.D., Energy & Resources, Utrecht University

M.S., Environmental Management & Policy, Lund University

M.S., Industrial Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

Professional Experience

Collaborative Appointee, NREL (2018)

Principal investigator, Idaho National Laboratory (2014–2018)

Founder, Mountain View Research, LLC (2014)

Researcher, Copernicus Institute, Utrecht University (2012–2013)

Senior Project Manager, NAVIGANT (2009–2013)

Project Manager, Berlin Energy Agency (2007–2008)

Researcher, Fundación Bariloche (2006)

Researcher, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy (2005)

Analyst, Sustainable Business Network (2003)

Associations and Memberships

Integrated Assessment Modeling Consortium, Member

Frontiers in Climate | Negative Emission Technologies, Associate Editor

Featured Work

Environmental Trade-offs of Direct Air Capture Technologies in Climate Change Mitigation Toward 2100Nature (2022)

Land Use for Bioenergy: Synergies and Trade-offs Between Sustainable Development GoalsRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews (2022)

Creating a Harmonized Time Series of Environmentally-extended Input-Output Tables to Assess the Evolution of the U.S. Bioeconomy - A Retrospective Analysis of Corn Ethanol and Soybean Biodiesel, Journal of Cleaner Production (2021)

Editorial: Developing and Deploying Negative Emission Technologies: System-level Assessment and Rationalization, Frontiers in Climate (2021)

Applying a Science-based Systems Perspective to Dispel Misconceptions About Climate Effects of Forest Bioenergy, GCB Bioenergy (2021)

The Potential Socio-economic and Environmental Effects of an Expanding U.S. Bioeconomy: An Assessment of Near-Commercial Cellulosic Biofuel Pathways, Environmental Science & Technology (2021)

Techno-economic, Life-Cycle, and Socioeconomic Impact Analysis of Enzymatic Recycling of Poly(ethylene terephthalate), Joule (2021)