UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources


Book Launch: Investing in Resource Efficiency

5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, 26 November 2018


Join us for the launch of Investing Resource Efficiency - The Economics and Politics of Financing the Resource Transition, edited by Florian Flachenecker and Jun Rentschler, two UCL ISR Alumni.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Harry Barton


225 Lecture Theatre
Central House
14 Upper Woburn Place
United Kingdom

Join us for the launch of Investing Resource Efficiency -The Economics and Politics of Financing the Resource Transition, edited by two UCL ISR alumni. This book covers the multi-faceted incentives, trade-offs, and challenges associated with the economics and politics of resource efficiency investments. By contributing a wide range of empirical evidence, practitioners' insights, and policy perspectives, this book carefully examines the role of resource efficiency in reconciling environmental and economic considerations. The two editors, Florian Flachenecker and Jun Rentschler, will present the key aspects of the book followed by a question and answer session with Professors Paul Ekins and Raimund Bleischwitz as disscussants.

About the Speaker

Florian Flachenecker and Jun Rentschler

Florian Flachenecker is a Junior Economist (Young Professionals Programme) at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), working on the OECD Green Growth Strategy and environmental accounting. He is also an Honorary Lecturer at University College London (UCL). Previously, he was a Doctoral Researcher at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources, empirically investigating the effects of resource efficiency on competitiveness and climate change mitigation. Florian was a Visiting Fellow at the European Political Strategy Centre of the European Commission, authoring a competitiveness strategy for the EU. Moreover, he worked as a Consultant at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development on resource efficiency investment projects on the firm-level, and he worked on EU policy issues at the German Federal Ministry of Finance.

Florian holds a PhD in Economics from UCL, a MA in Economics from the College of Europe, and a BSc in Economics from the University of Mannheim as well as the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey.

Jun Rentschler is an Economist at The World Bank working at the intersection of climate change and sustainable resilient development. Prior to joining The World Bank in 2012, he served for one year as an Economic Adviser at the German Foreign Ministry, where he focused on economic and energy policy. He spent two years as a Consultant at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) working on resource efficiency investment projects. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Payne Institute for Earth Resources in Colorado, following previous affiliations with the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and the Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. Jun holds a MSc and a PhD from UCL, specialising in the economics of development, climate, and energy. He has published widely on these topics, including in academic journals and his books ‘Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reforms: A Guide to Economic and Political Complexity’ (Routledge, 2018) and ‘Investing in Resource Efficiency: The Economics and Politics of Financing the Resource Transition’ (Springer, 2018). He is part of the World Bank’s Young Professionals Program.