Dipl.-Ing. Technical Environmental Protection
Research fieldEnergy, climate and infrastructure
Volker Handke has been working at the IZT in the research area "Energy, Climate & Infrastructure" since 2000. There he works mainly on the topics of energy, resources and emissions. His research focuses primarily on renewable energies, energy efficiency and the rational use of energy. The focus is on the relationships between technical and social systems as well as sustainability assessment. He also analyses material flows and raw material use in order to investigate resource-economic issues and quantify future requirements. To assess environmental and energy policy developments, Volker Handke also deals with emission calculations and develops energy and emission scenarios.
Since 2013, Volker Handke has also been a visiting scientist at the Institute for Heterogeneous Material Systems at the Helmholtz Centre for Materials and Energy. There he is investigating the influence of the purity of semiconductor raw materials on the performance of photovoltaics.
In the 1990s, Volker Handke was at the Institute for Energy Technology at the TU-Berlin, where he worked on the planning and construction of regenerative energy systems, operational environmental protection and the sociology of technology in engineering education.
After training as a skilled worker in the construction industry in the 1980s, Volker Handke completed a diploma course in technical environmental protection at the Technical University of Berlin, specialising in waste management, air pollution control and environmental chemistry.
- Energy and energy forecasts, emissions and emissions scenarios
- Material flow analysis
- Sustainability assessments
- Scenario technique (explorative/quantitative/normative)
Selected projects and publications
2023 - 2024
Scientific support of a concept, pilot and guideline in the context of energy sharing
2020 - 2022
More quality of life, less environmental consumption - user-oriented development of sufficiency policy project outlines in the environment ministry
2020 - 2023
Preparation of the content of public participation in the context of updating the National Clean Air Programme
2019 - 2020
Evaluation of the federal competitions Sustainable Tourism Destinations 2012/13 and 2016/17 (DTV, BMU, BfN) for the promotion and further development of sustainable destinations in Germany
2018 - 2019
Recycling in the age of digitalisation: Specific recycling targets for metals and plastics from small electrical appliances in the ElektroG: Regulatory approaches
2018 - 2020
Scientific-methodological basis of the inventory improvement for the implementation of the indications from the inventory reviews 2016 and 2017
2016 - 2020
Evaluation of the National Top Runner Initiative
2015 - 2016
Discrimination risks in Germany related to boys and men, their prevalence and public perception as well as possible protection gaps
More quality of life, less environmental consumption Sufficiency policy workshop
Evaluation of the Federal Competitions - Sustainable Tourism Destinations 2012/13 and 2016/17 (DTV, BMU, BfN) for the promotion and further development of sustainable destinations in Germany
Sexuality in men's education work
Recycling in the age of digitalisation
Closing material cycles
Handbook on the inter- and transdisciplinary integration of humanities, social and cultural sciences in research projects at the Viennese Universities of Applied Sciences
Inventory - thermal insulation materials
All electric society - will everything be electric in the future?
Impurities in Chalcopyrite Photovoltaics: Changing the perception from an absolute to a relative and cost efficiency perspective