Dr. Klaus Hennenberg
Dr. Klaus Hennenberg
Dr. Klaus Hennenberg

Dr. Klaus Hennenberg

Senior Researcher
Energy & Climate

Special Expertise

  • Sustainability criteria for biomass production, specifically biodiversity criteria
  • Biogas and biogenic fuels
  • Forest edge analysis, ecological field studies
  • Statistical analysis techniques

Key Projects

  • Role of bioenergy in the electricity and heat markets up to 2050, taking into account the future building stock
  • Nature protection and advanced biofuels
  • Systemic Monitoring and Modelling of the Bioeconomy
  • Sustainable Resource Use: Requirements for a sustainable bioeconomy from Agenda 2030 / SDG implementation
  • Assessment of the environmental, social and economic impacts of the sector targets for 2030 of the Federal Government's Climate Action Plan 2050
  • GHG projection: Advancement of the methods and implementation of the EU Effort Sharing Decision in the projection report 2019 ("Policy scenarios IX")
  • Forest Vision Germany - Plan B for German forests
  • Workshop biofuels "Sustainability requirements for biofuels - German Perspectives", 25. January 2008, Brussels
  • Sustainability standards and indicators to certify biomass for international trade (German Federal Environment Agency UBA)
  • Environmental Impact Assessment for Bioenergy (FAO)
  • Optimizing the sustainable expansion of biogas production and use in Germany

Professional Training

  • Doctorate as biologist (Dr. rer. nat.; Rostock University, 2005
  • Postgraduate studies in Energy & Environment, specializing in energy efficiency (Kassel University, 2004)
  • Graduated as biologist with the title Diplom-Biologe (Göttingen University, 1998)


  • Since 2007: Öko-Institut, Darmstadt Office
    Researcher with the Energy & Climate Protection Division
  • 2005 - 2007: LRI – Gesellschaft für regenerative Energiesysteme mbH engineering consultancy for renewable energy systems in Darmstadt
    Project manager, development of projects and performance of studies in the field of renewable energies (focussing on biogas and plant-derived fuels) in developing and newly industrializing countries
  • 2001 - 2004: Rostock University
    Researcher with the BIOTA (Biodiversity Transect Monitoring Analysis) project funded by the German Research Ministry, four research stays in Côte d’Ivoire
  • 2000: goedecke_engineering consultancy in Göttingen
    Improving the energy performance of Göttingen University campus
  • 2000: Marburg University
    Researcher with the EU-funded TRANSPLANT project
  • 1999 - 2000: Kaiserslautern University Researcher, feasibility study for the Trippstadt Research Institute for Forest Ecology and Forestry

Language Skills

  • German: Mother tongue
  • English: Good spoken and written command
  • French: Good basic knowledge, spoken and written