Energy & Climate

Dr. Felix Christian Matthes

Research Coordinator for Energy & Climate Policy

Special Expertise

  • Decarbonisation strategies for Germany and Europe
  • Projections of emissions and energy demand (Germany and EU)
  • Evaluation of energy and environmental policy instruments and policy mix
  • Greenhouse gas emissions trading (EU and international) and carbon pricing approaches
  • Coal phase-out strategies in Germany
  • Technology-specific issues of the power system, e.g. with regard to hydrogen, nuclear power, industrial processes, and carbon capture and storage (CCS)
  • Electricity market regulation and electricity market design
  • International climate policy

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 2009: Research Coordinator for Energy and Climate Policy at Oeko-Institut
  • 2007/2008: Visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change), Cambridge, MA (USA)
  • 1997-2008: Coordinator of the Energy & Climate Division at Oeko-Institut and 2002-2004: Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Oeko-Institut.
  • 1993: Study visit in the USA as Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.
  • Since 1990: Forschungs- und Beratungstätigkeit am Öko-Institut und verantwortlich für die Gründung des Berliner Büros.
  • 1999: Doctorate in political science (summa cum laude) at Freie Universität Berlin.
  • 1985: Graduate studies in electrical engineering at the Leipzig University of Technology

External Roles

  • Since 2022: Member of the Expert Commission on Monitoring the Energy Transition
  • Since 2016: Member of the German-Japanese Energy Transition Council (GJETC)
  • 2022: Member of the Expert Commission on Gas and Heat
  • 2020-2022: Expert member of the Bremen Parliament’s Enquete Commission on Climate Protection
  • 2019-2023: Member of the Steering Committee of the Climate Protection Science Platform
  • 2018-2019: Member of the German Federal Government’s Commission for Growth, Structural Change and Employment (”Coal Commission”)
  • 2011: Member of the Advisory Group on the Energy Roadmap 2050, on behalf of the European Commission’s Directorate General
  • 2000-2003: Scientific Member of the Study Commission (Enquete Commission) “Sustainable Energy in the Framework of Globalization and Liberalization” of the 14th German Federal Parliament
  • Member of the German Association for Energy Economics Research and Policy (GEE), affiliate to the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)
  • Member of the German Political Science Association (DVPW)
  • Member of Advisory Board of the Federal Association of Wind Energy Offshore (BWO)
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory & Project Board of 50Hertz Transmission GmbH

Language Skills

  • German (first language)
  • English


Dr. Felix Christian Matthes