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
  • Development, assessment and evaluation of policy instruments for the sustainable transformation of the building sector (in particular the energy renovation of the existing building stock)
  • Support mechanisms for increasing the use of renewable energies in the heating sector
  • 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

  • Projects supporting the Federal Government in the development, assessment and evaluation of the Climate Protection Programme 2030, the Climate Protection Action Programme 2020, the projection reports and the Climate Protection Plan 2050
  • Projects supporting the EU Commission in further developing the regulatory and support framework for the heating and cooling sector (incl. district heating and cooling)
  • Developing scenarios and transformation strategies for the heating sector (e.g. Systemic challenges of the German heat transition, Climate-neutral building stock 2050, Development of an integrated heating and cooling strategy for Germany)
  • Policies to Enforce the Transition to Nearly Zero-Energy Buildings in Europe (www.entranze.eu)
  • Concepts for the removal of legal barriers to climate protection in the buildings sector
  • Development and evaluation of policy instruments to promote the increased market penetration of renewable energies in the heating market, to further develop the Renewable Energies Heat Act (EEWärmeG) and participation in the preparation of the EEWärmeG Progress report
  • Development, assessment and evaluation of climate policy action programmes and specific policy instruments for regions (Baden-Württemberg, Hamburg, Bavaria)
  • Analysis of the economic impact of different policy approaches on different social groups
  • 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)
  • Development of transfer strategies for successful political approaches to energy saving in households (www.uni-muenster.de/Transpose)
  • Local strategies to reduce CO2 emissions - The case of Munich and Freiburg
  • Advising the EU Commission on the development of recommendations on financial reserves for disposal related to nuclear power
  • Development of quality standards for green electricity (www.ok-power.de), further development of national electricity labelling in selected EU Member States (www.clean-e.eu)
  • Research on electricity disclosure

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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