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Oliver Fricko joined the Energy Program (ENE) at IIASA in 2012, as a Research Scholar.
After having completed his Master’s Degree in International Business and Management in the United Kingdom in 2005, he returned to Austria to join an energy consultancy firm. There he first began to work with MESSAGE and has continued to do so ever since, despite having worked in several international energy consultancy firms since.
Mr. Fricko’s work has focused on developing energy models (both simulation and optimization models for the analysis of both the supply- and demand side) and conducting energy systems analysis for the purpose of devising long-term energy strategies for cities and countries around the world. The work was carried out for political institutions as well as for various private companies, research programs, energy utilities and for investors.
His last projects before joining IIASA focused on the merging of geographical information from GIS (Geographical Information System) databases with statistical information about buildings within cities, therefore making use of the GIS specific functionalities to derive input for optimization models.
Since joining IIASA, Mr. Fricko has developed and contributed towards the development of the Energy Programs core model (MESSAGE - 11 region global model), by soft linking IIASA’s land use model GLOBIOM, assisting with the update of the exiting linkage to IIASA’s GAINS model to improve the representation of air-pollution and by enhancing the energy model to account and optimize energy related water use. Most recently, Mr. Fricko developed an approach for depicting the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), based on the Paris Agreement, in MESSAGE to better understand their implications on long term climate mitigation scenarios.
Mr. Fricko is involved in a number of multi-model research studies, including the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways (SSPs), the Energy Modelling Forum (EMF-30 and EMF-33) as well as projects funded by the European Commission (ADVANCE and CD-Links).
Last update: 28-MAR-2017
McCollum D, Zhou W, Bertram C, de Boer H-S, Bosetti V, Busch S, Despres J, Drouet L, et al. (2018). Energy investment needs for fulfilling the Paris Agreement and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Nature Energy DOI:10.1038/s41560-018-0179-z. (In Press)
Grubler A, Wilson C, Bento N, Boza-Kiss B, Krey V, McCollum D, Rao N, Riahi K, et al. (2018). A low energy demand scenario for meeting the 1.5 °C target and sustainable development goals without negative emission technologies. Nature Energy 3: 517-525. DOI:10.1038/s41560-018-0172-6.
Parkinson S, Krey V, Huppmann D, Kahil T, McCollum D, Fricko O, Byers E, Gidden M, et al. (2018). Balancing clean water-climate change mitigation tradeoffs. IIASA Working Paper. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: WP-18-005
Vrontisi Z, Luderer G, Saveyn B, Keramidas K, Lara AR, Baumstark L, Bertram C, de Boer HS, et al. (2018). Enhancing global climate policy ambition towards a 1.5 °C stabilization: a short-term multi-model assessment. Environmental Research Letters 13 (4): e044039. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aab53e.
Rogelj J, Popp A, Calvin KV, Luderer G, Emmerling J, Gernaat D, Fujimori S, Strefler J, et al. (2018). Scenarios towards limiting global mean temperature increase below 1.5 °C. Nature Climate Change 8 (4): 325-332. DOI:10.1038/s41558-018-0091-3.
Huppmann D, Gidden M, Fricko O, Kolp P, Orthofer C, Pimmer M, Vinca A, Mastrucci A, et al. (2018). The MESSAGEix Integrated Assessment Model and the ix modeling platform (ixmp). Environmental Modelling & Software (In Press)
Frank S, Havlik P, Soussana J-F, Levesque A, Valin H, Wollenberg E, Kleinwechter U, Fricko O, et al. (2017). Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture without compromising food security? Environmental Research Letters 12 (10): e105004. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/aa8c83.
Rao S, Klimont Z, Smith SJ, Van Dingenen R, Dentener F, Bouwman L, Riahi K, Amann M, et al. (2017). Future air pollution in the Shared Socio-economic Pathways. Global Environmental Change 42: 346-358. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.05.012.
Rogelj J, Fricko O, Meinshausen M, Krey V, Zilliacus JJJ, & Riahi K (2017). Understanding the origin of Paris Agreement emission uncertainties. Nature Communications 8: e15748. DOI:10.1038/ncomms15748.
Fricko O, Parkinson S, Johnson N, Strubegger M, van Vliet MTH, & Riahi K (2017). Energy Sector Adaptation in Response to Water Scarcity. In: IIASA Institutional Evaluation 2017, 27 February-1 March 2017, IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria.
Fricko O, Havlik P, Rogelj J, Klimont Z, Gusti M, Johnson N, Kolp P, Strubegger M, et al. (2017). The marker quantification of the Shared Socioeconomic Pathway 2: A middle-of-the-road scenario for the 21st century. Global Environmental Change 42: 251-267. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.06.004.
Gambhir A, Drouet L, McCollum D, Napp T, Bernie D, Hawkes A, Fricko O, Havlik P, et al. (2017). Assessing the Feasibility of Global Long-Term Mitigation Scenarios. Energies 10 (1): e89. DOI:10.3390/en10010089.
Bauer N, Calvin K, Emmerling J, Fricko O, Fujimori S, Hilaire J, Eom J, Krey V, et al. (2017). Shared Socio-Economic Pathways of the Energy Sector – Quantifying the Narratives. Global Environmental Change 42: 316-330. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.07.006.
Marangoni G, Tavoni M, Bosetti V, Borgonovo E, Capros P, Fricko O, Gernaat D E H J, Guivarch C, et al. (2017). Sensitivity of projected long-term CO2 emissions across the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways. Nature Climate Change 7 (2): 113-117. DOI:10.1038/nclimate3199.
Popp A, Calvin K, Fujimori S, Havlik P, Humpenöder F, Stehfest E, Bodirsky BL, Dietrich JP, et al. (2017). Land-use futures in the shared socio-economic pathways. Global Environmental Change 42: 331-345. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.10.002.
Riahi K, van Vuuren DP, Kriegler E, Edmonds J, O'Neill B, Fujimori S, Bauer N, Calvin K, et al. (2017). The shared socioeconomic pathways and their energy, land use, and greenhouse gas emissions implications: An overview. Global Environmental Change 42: 153-168. DOI:10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2016.05.009.
Parkinson S, Johnson N, Rao N, Jones B, van Vliet M, Fricko O, Djilali N, Riahi K, et al. (2016). Climate and human development impacts on municipal water demand: A spatially-explicit global modeling framework. Environmental Modelling & Software 85: 266-278. DOI:10.1016/j.envsoft.2016.08.002.
Nordström E-M, Forsell N, Lundström A, Korosuo A, Bergh J, Havlik P, Kraxner F, Frank S, et al. (2016). Impacts of global climate change mitigation scenarios on forests and harvesting in Sweden. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 46 (12): 1427-1438. DOI:10.1139/cjfr-2016-0122.
Parkinson S, Djilali N, Krey V, Fricko O, Johnson N, Khan Z, Sedraoui K, & Almasoud AH (2016). Impacts of Groundwater Constraints on Saudi Arabia’s Low-Carbon Electricity Supply Strategy. Environmental Science & Technology 50 (4): 1653-1662. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.5b05852.
Fricko O, Parkinson S, Johnson N, Strubegger M, van Vliet MTH, & Riahi K (2016). Energy sector water use implications of a 2°C climate policy. Environmental Research Letters 11 (3): e034011. DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/034011.
Jewell J, Vinichenko V, McCollum D, Bauer N, Riahi K, Aboumahboub T, Fricko O, Harmsen M, et al. (2016). Comparison and interactions between the long-term pursuit of energy independence and climate policies. Nature Energy 1: e16073. DOI:10.1038/nenergy.2016.73.
Fricko O, Parkinson S, Johnson N, Strubegger M, van Vliet MTH, & Riahi K (2015). Energy Sector Adaptation in Response to Water Scarcity. In: Systems Analysis 2015 - A Conference in Celebration of Howard Raiffa, 11 -13 November, 2015, Laxenburg, Austria.
Gambhir A, Napp T, Hawkes A, McCollum D, Fricko O, Havlik P, Riahi K, Drouet L, et al. (2015). Assessing the challenges of global long-term mitigation scenarios. AVOID 2
Kleinwechter Ulrich, Levesque Antoine, Havlik P, Forsell N, Zhang YW, Fricko O, & Obersteiner M (2015). Global food efficiency of climate change mitigation in agriculture. In: International Association of Agricultural Economists 2015 Conference, 9-14 August 2015, Milan, Italy.
Bach B, Biermayer P, Fricko O, Haas R, & Nakicenovic N (2007). Strategy Process Energy 2050: Intermediate Phase of Research Programme. Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology (BMVIT), Vienna, Austria 
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