Dr. Veit Bürger
Dr. Veit Bürger
Dr. Veit Bürger

Dr. Veit Bürger

Deputy Head of Energy & Climate Division (Freiburg)
Energy & Climate

Special Expertise

  • Development and assessment of policy instruments to support a sustainable, liberalized energy sector at national and European level
  • Support mechanisms for increasing the use of renewable energies in power and heat generation
  • Development and assessment of policy instruments for the sustainable transformation of the building sector (in particular the energy renovation of the existing building stock)
  • Instruments to improve transparency in energy markets (e.g. electricity labelling, disclosure of renewable electricity sources)
  • Climate action plans on the regional and local level

Key Projects

  • Concepts for the removal of legal impediments to climate protection in the buildings sector
  • Policies to Enforce the Transition to Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings in Europe (ENTRANZE, www.entranze.eu)
  • Study of different policy instruments for promoting the increased market penetration of renewables on the heat market, the further development of the German Renewable Energies Heat Act (Erneuerbare-Energien-Wärme-Gesetz, EEWärmeG) and co-preparation of the progress report on EEWärmeG
  • Assessment of an energy saving obligation (white certificates) in terms of its suitability in the increased use of demand-side energy saving measures in Germany (multiple projects)
  • Supporting selected EU Member States in the implementation of the EU Renewables Directive 2009/28/EC (www.res-h-policy.eu)
  • Elaboration of an integrated heat and cooling strategy for Germany
  • Development of transfer strategies for successful political approaches to energy saving in households (www.uni-muenster.de/Transpose)
  • Co-development of quality standards for green electricity (Green electricity labelling, operative awarding of the EnergieVision quality label for green electricity (www.ok-power.de), further development of national electricity labelling in selected EU Member States (www.clean-e.eu))
  • Climate policy criteria for the amendment to the German Energy Conservation Act (EnEG)
  • Development of climate action plans for German federal states (Baden-Wuerttemberg, Bavaria)
  • Advising the EU Commission on the development of recommendations on financial reserves for disposal related to nuclear power
  • Research on electricity labelling (e.g. Study for the German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) on the implementation of electricity labelling in Germany and the need for further improvement of the instrument)
  • Municipal strategies to reduce CO2 emissions - The case of Munich and Freiburg

Professional Training

  • Graduated in Energy Management at Hochschule Darmstadt
  • Graduated in Physics at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität, Heidelberg


  • Since 2002: Öko-Institut, Freiburg
    Deputy Head of Energy & Climate Division (Freiburg)
  • 1999-2001: Greenpeace e.V., Hamburg
    Energy and climate policy campaigner. Development and practical implementation of political campaigns in those fields.
  • 1998: Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems), Freiburg
    Member of the solar construction research group. Development and implementation of construction schemes for low-energy houses and passive buildings (private and commercial

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