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Sylvain Leduc

Senior Research Scholar

Agriculture, Forestry, and Ecosystem Services Research Group

Biodiversity and Natural Resources


Sylvain Leduc joined the former IIASA Forestry program, now the Ecosystems Services Management program (ESM) in 2007. Dr. Leduc is heading the development of the IIASA BeWhere model and the BeWhere research group ( within the Center for Landscape Resilience & Management (CLR). The BeWhere model is a techno-economic model which optimizes the geographical location of renewable energy systems. The model has been applied in many research areas including forest-based bioenergy, algae production, solar or wind energy, negative emissions technologies, and the electrification of urban public transport systems. Recently, it has been the central model of the FP-7 project S2Biom and the Alpine Space project recharge.greeen, and is presently applied in the H2020 project BECOOL project at the European scale. Dr. Leduc has supervised more than 20 summer students who contributed in the development of the BeWhere model. Most of them still collaborate with the IIASA BeWhere team, and Dr. Leduc is coordinating the harmonization of the different BeWhere model versions used globally.

Dr. Leduc graduated in 2000, from l'Ecole Superieure de l'Energie et des Materiaux (ESEM, now Polytech'Orleans), France. He then worked and studied at the Division of Energy Engineering at the University of Technology of Lulea (LTU), Sweden, as a Research Engineer, where he investigated individual and industrial wood boilers with Computational Fluid Dynamics and energy systems modeling. In 2009, he received his doctoral degree which he completed in collaboration with LTU and IIASA. The title of his thesis was: "Development of an Optimization Model for the Location of Biofuel Production Plants".

Last update: 10 APR 2019


Rinke Dias de Souza, N., Palma Petrielli, G., Dourado Hernandes, T., Leduc, S., Di Fulvio, F. , de Souza Henzler, D., Ferreira Chagas, M., Lopes Junqueira, T., & Cavalett, O. (2023). Bioenergy-livestock integration in Brazil: Unraveling potentials for energy production and climate change mitigation. Journal of Cleaner Production 422 e138586. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.138586.

Harahap, F., Nurdiawati, A., Conti, D., Leduc, S., & Urban, F. (2023). Renewable marine fuel production for decarbonised maritime shipping: Pathways, policy measures and transition dynamics. Journal of Cleaner Production 415 e137906. 10.1016/j.jclepro.2023.137906.

Teixeira, E., Leduc, S., Kraxner, F., Patrizio, P., Guo, J., Yao, R., Palmer, D., Johnstone, P., Sowersby, T., Edmonds, R., Maley, S., Sood, A., & Moot, D. (2022). Design and analysis of novel food systems through biophysical/techno-economic spatial modelling: A case study with plant-based protein from lucerne crops in New Zealand. In: Systems Analysis for Reducing Footprints and Enhancing Resilience, 16-17 November, 2022, Vienna, Austria.