Dr. Hannes Böttcher
Dr. Hannes Böttcher
Dr. Hannes Böttcher

Dr. Hannes Böttcher

Senior Researcher
Energy & Climate

Special Expertise

  • Emissions from Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF)
  • Accounting rules for LULUCF and international climate policy
  • GHG balances of forest ecosystems and the forest sector
  • Land use modeling and projections of land use emissions
  • Biomass potentials from agriculture and forestry
  • Remote sensing of forests
  • System Dynamics Modelling

Selected Publications

  • Böttcher, H.; Zell-Ziegler, C.; Herold, A.; Siemons, A. (2019): EU LULUCF Regulation explained. Summary of core provisions and expected effects. Oeko-Institut. Berlin. Available at https://www.oeko.de/publikationen/p-details/eu-lulucf-regulation-explained/.
  • Romijn, Erika; Sy, Veronique de; Herold, Martin; Böttcher, Hannes; Roman-Cuesta, Rosa Maria; Fritz, Steffen et al. (2018): Independent data for transparent monitoring of greenhouse gas emissions from the land use sector – What do stakeholders think and need? Environmental Science & Policy 85, S. 101–112. DOI: 10.1016/j.envsci.2018.03.016.
  • Herold, Anke; Böttcher, Hannes (2018): Accounting of the land-use sector in nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. Hg. v. G.I.Z. Oeko Institut. Oeko Institut.  Available at https://www.transparency-partnership.net/system/files/document/Guide%20Accounting%20of%20land-use%20sector%20in%20NDCs%28vf%29_20181010.pdf.
  • Hennenberg, K. J.; Böttcher, H.; Bradshaw, C. J. A. (2018): Revised European Union renewable-energy policies erode nature protection. In: Nature ecology & evolution 2 (10), S. 1519–1520. DOI: 10.1038/s41559-018-0659-3.
  • Hennenberg, K. und Böttcher, H. (2018): Kurzstudie zur Prüfung der derzeitigen Anreizstruktur beim Einsatz von Holz zur energetischen Verwendung auf die Wirksamkeit hinsichtlich der Klima- und Nachhaltigkeitsziele, Öko-Institut e.V. Berlin, Darmstadt. Available at  https://www.oeko.de/publikationen/p-details/kurzstudie-zur-pruefung-der-derzeitigen-anreizstruktur-beim-einsatz-von-holz-zur-energetischen-verwen/
  • Böttcher, H.; Hennenberg, K.; Winger, C. (2018): FABio-Waldmodell - Modellbeschreibung Version 0.54. Available at  https://www.oeko.de/fileadmin/oekodoc/FABio-Wald-Modellbeschreibung.pdf
  • Böttcher, H.; Hennenberg, K.; Winger, C. (2018): Waldvision Deutschland - Beschreibung von Methoden, Annahmen und Ergebnissen. https://www.oeko.de/fileadmin/oekodoc/Waldvision-Methoden-und-Ergebnisse.pdf
  • Olesen, A.; Böttcher, H.; Siemons, A.; Herrmann, L.; Martius, C.; Román-Cuesta, R.; Atmadja, S.; Hansen, D.; Andersen, S.; Georgiev, I.; Bager, S.; Schwöppe, C.; Wunder, S. (2018): Study on EU financing of REDD+ related activities, and results-based payments pre and post 2020. Sources, cost-effectiveness and fair allocation of incentives. Available at https://www.oeko.de/publikationen/p-details/study-on-eu-financing-of-redd-related-activities-and-results-based-payments-pre-and-post-2020/
  • Hennenberg, K.; Böttcher, H.; Fehrenbach, H. & Bischoff, M. (2017). Short analysis of the RED 2009, the iLUC Directive 2015 and the 2016 RED proposal regarding implications for nature protection. Available at.https://www.oeko.de/fileadmin/oekodoc/OEKO-IFEU-2017-RED-proposal-evaluation.pdf
  • Böttcher, H.; Herrmann, L.; Herold, M.; Romijn, E.; Román-Cuesta, R.; Avitabile, V.; de Sy, V.; Martius, C.; Gaveau, D.; Fritz, S.; Schepaschenko, D.; Dunwoody, A. (2017): Independent monitoring: Building trust and consensus around GHG data for increased accountability of mitigation in the land use sector Available at https://www.oeko.de/publikationen/p-details/independent-monitoring-building-trust-and-consensus-around-ghg-data-for-increased-accountability-of/
  • Sy, V. de; Herold, M.; Martius, C.; Böttcher, H.; Fritz, S.; Gaveau, D.L.A. et al. (2016): Enhancing transparency in the land-use sector: Exploring the role of independent monitoring approaches: Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).
  • Pang, X.; Mörtberg, U.; Sallnäs, O.; Trubins, R.; Nordström, E.-M.; Böttcher, H. (2017). Habitat network assessment of forest bioenergy options using the landscape simulator LandSim – A case study of Kronoberg, southern Sweden. Ecological Modelling, 345, pp. 99–112. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2016.12.006.
  • Frank, S.; Böttcher, H.; Gusti, M.; Havlík, P.; Klaassen, G.; Kindermann, G.; Obersteiner, M. (2016). Dynamics of the land use, land use change, and forestry sink in the European Union: The impacts of energy and climate targets for 2030. Climatic Change. doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1729-7.
  • Böttcher, H. & Graichen, J. (2016). Going beyond 40% - options to ensure LULUCF maintains the high environmental integrity of the EU climate and energy package. Berlin.
  • Forsell, N.; Korosuo, A.; Havlík, P.; Valin, H.; Lauri, P.; Gusti, M.; Kindermann, G.; Böttcher, H.; Hennenberg, K.; Hünecke, K.; Wiegmann, K.; Pekkanen, M.; Nuolivirta, P.; Bowyer, C.; Nanni, S.; Allen, B.; Poláková, J.; Fitzgerald, J. & Lindner, M. (2016). Study on impacts on resource efficiency of future EU demand for bioenergy - ReceBio Summary Report.
  • Frank, S.; Böttcher, H.; Gusti, M.; Havlík, P.; Klaassen, G.; Kindermann, G. & Obersteiner, M. (2016). Dynamics of the land use, land use change, and forestry sink in the European Union: The impacts of energy and climate targets for 2030. Climatic Change. doi:10.1007/s10584-016-1729-7.
  • Böttcher, H. & Graichen, J. (2015). Impacts on the EU 2030 climate target of including LULUCF in the climate and energy policy framework. Berlin.
  • Repo, A.; Böttcher, H.; Kindermann, G. & Liski, J. (2015). Sustainability of forest bioenergy in Europe: Land-use-related carbon dioxide emissions of forest harvest residues. GCB Bioenergy, 7(4), pp. 877–887. doi:10.1111/gcbb.12179.
  • Smith, P.; Haberl, H.; Popp, A.; Erb, K.-H.; Lauk, C.; Harper, R.; Tubiello, F.; De Siqueira Pinto, Alexandre; Jafari, M.; Sohi, S.; Masera, O.; Böttcher, H.; Berndes, G.; Bustamante, M.; Ahammad, H.; Clark, H.; Dong, H.; Elsiddig, E.; Mbow, C.; Ravindranath, N.; Rice, C.; Robledo Abad, C.; Romanovskaya, A.; Sperling, F.; Herrero, M.; House, J. & Rose, S. (2013). How much land-based greenhouse gas mitigation can be achieved without compromising food security and environmental goals? Global change biology, 19(8), pp. 2285–2302. doi:10.1111/gcb.12160.
  • Roelfsema, Mark; Elzen, Michel Den; Höhne, Niklas; Hof, Andries; Braun, Nadine; Fekete, Hanna, Böttcher, Hannes (2013): Assessment of climate and energy policies of major emitting countries. In: Energy Policy. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2013.11.055.
  • Böttcher, H.; Frank, S.; Havlík, P. & Elbersen, B. (2013). Future GHG emissions more efficiently controlled by land-use policies than by bioenergy sustainability criteria. Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining, pp. 115–125. doi:10.1002/bbb.1369.
  • Frank, S.; Böttcher, H.; Havlík, P.; Valin, H.; Mosnier, A.; Obersteiner, M.; Schmid, E. & Elbersen, B. (2013). How effective are the sustainability criteria accompanying the European Union 2020 biofuel targets? GCB Bioenergy, 5(3), pp. 306–314. doi:10.1111/j.1757-1707.2012.01188.x.
  • Böttcher, H.; Freibauer, A.; Scholz, Y.; Gitz, V.; Ciais, P.; Mund, M.; Wutzler, T. & Schulze, E.-D. (2012). Setting priorities for land management to mitigate climate change. Carbon Balance and Management, 7(5), p.5. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-7-5.
  • Böttcher, H.; Verkerk, P.; Gusti, M.; Havlik, P. & Grassi, G. (2012). Projection of the future EU forest CO2 sink as affected by recent bioenergy policies using two advanced forest management models. GCB Bioenergy, 4(6), pp. 773–783. doi:10.1111/j.1757-1707.2011.01152.x.
  • Obersteiner, M.; Böttcher, H. & Yamagata, Y. (2010). Terrestrial ecosystem management for climate change mitigation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 2(4), pp. 271–276. doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2010.05.006.
  • Obersteiner M, Rametsteiner E, Kraxner F, McCallum I, Aoki K, Bottcher H, Fritz S, Gusti M, Havlik P, Kindermann G, Reyers B (2010). Towards a sound REDD. In: Deforestation and Climate Change: Reducing Carbon Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation, V. Bosetti, R. Lubowski (eds), Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, pp.121-136.
  • Böttcher, H.; Eisbrenner, K.; Fritz, S.; Kindermann, G.; Kraxner, F.; McCallum, I. & Obersteiner, M. (2009). An assessment of monitoring requirements and costs of 'Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation'. Carbon Balance and Management, 4(1), p.7. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-4-7 (highly accessed).
  • Obersteiner, M.; Huettner, M.; Kraxner, F.; McCallum, I.; Aoki, K.; Bottcher, H.; Fritz, S.; Gusti, M.; Havlik, P.; Kindermann, G.; Rametsteiner, E. & Reyers, B. (2009). On fair, effective and efficient REDD mechanism design. Carbon Balance and Management, 4, p.11. doi:10.1186/1750-0680-4-11 (highly accessed).
  • Böttcher, H.; Freibauer, A.; Obersteiner, M. & Schulze, E.-D. (2008). Uncertainty analysis of climate change mitigation options in the forestry sector using a generic carbon budget model. Ecological Modelling, 213(1), pp. 45–62. doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2007.11.007.
  • Böttcher, H.; Kurz, W. & Freibauer, A. (2008). Accounting of forest carbon sinks and sources under a future climate protocol-factoring out past disturbance and management effects on age-class structure. Environmental Science & Policy, 11(8), pp. 669–686. doi:10.1016/j.envsci.2008.08.005.
  • Böttcher, H. (2008): Forest Management for Climate Change Mitigation. Modeling of Forestry Options, their Impact on the Regional Carbon Balance and Implications for a Future Climate Protocol. Doctoral thesis (engl.), Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg.

Professional Training and Career

  • Since 10/2013 Senior Researcher at Öko-Institut, Division Energy & Climate, Berlin
  • 01/2007-09/2013 Research Scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), Ecosystem Services and Management Program, Laxenburg, Austria
  • 11/2007 PhD in Forest sciences (Dr. rer. nat.) from University of Freiburg, Germany
  • 10/2003-12/2006 Researcher and PhD student at Max-Planck-Institute for Biogeochemistry, Jena, Germany
  • 10/2003 MSc. in Forest sciences and Ecology from University of Göttingen, Germany

Language Skills

  • German: mother tongue
  • English: fluent
  • Estonian: fluent
  • French: Good understanding of spoken and written content
  • Russian: Basic knowledge