Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert

Head of Department in the

Energy, Transportation, Environment Department

Research Topics and Working Areas

Prof Dr Claudia Kemfert has been head of the department Energy, Transportation, Environment at the German Institute of Economic Research (DIW Berlin) since April 2004 and is Professor of Energy Economics and Energy Policy at the Leuphana University, Till 2019 she was Professor of Energy Economics and Sustaiability at Hertie School of Governance and from 2004-2009 she was Professor of Environmental Economics at Humboldt University.

Claudia Kemfert studied economics at the Universities of Bielefeld and Oldenburg (PhD 1998) and Stanford. As part of a research stay, she was at the Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM) in Milan (1998). From January 1999 to April 2000 she headed the junior research group at the Institute for the Rational Use of Energy at the University of Stuttgart. From 2000 to 2004 Claudia Kemfert held a position as junior professor and headed a junior research group at the University of Oldenburg.

Claudia Kemfert was appointed to the Expert Council for Environmental Issues at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in 2016. She was an advisor to EU President José Manuel Barroso and is on advisory boards of various research institutions as well as federal and state ministries as well as the EU Commission. Claudia Kemfert was a member of the High Level Expert Group of the EU Environment Commissioner and the Advisory Group on Energy of the European Commission (DG Research). Since 2011 she has been a member of the Executive Committee of the German Society of the Club of Rome.

In 2006, Kemfert was recognized as a top researcher in the Elf der Wissenschaft by the DFG, the Helmholtz and Leibniz Associations. In 2011 she received the Urania Medal and the B.A.U.M Environment Prize in the science category and in 2016 the German Solar Prize and the Adam Smith Prize for market-based environmental policy. 2013 she published her book “Kampf für Strom” (English version “The battle about electricity”) in which she describes the myths of the energy debate. 2017 followed her book “Das fossile Imperium schlägt zurück”. Her latest book „Mondays for Future - Freitags demonstrieren, Samstags diskutieren und am Montag anpacken und umsetzen“ was published in spring 2020.




Designing a Model for the Global Energy System - GENeSYS-MOD: An Application of the Open-Source Energy Modeling System (OSeMOSYS)

2017 | Löffler, K., Hainsch, K., Burandt, T., Oei, P.-Y., Kemfert, C., von Hirschhausen, C.
Energy Policy

A Welfare Analysis of Electricity Transmission Planning in Germany

2016 | Kemfert, C., Kunz, F., Rosellón, J.
DIW Wochenbericht 49 / 2020

Wir brauchen New Green Deals: Kommentar

2020| Claudia Kemfert
DIW Wochenbericht 48 / 2020

Stromzugang im Globalen Süden: Dezentrale erneuerbare Energiesysteme bieten echte Alternative

2020| Christian von Hirschhausen, Dawud Ansari, Fabienne Banzer, Raluca Dumitrescu, Georg Heinemann, Claudia Kemfert
Diskussionspapiere 1892 / 2020

Fossil Natural Gas Exit – A New Narrative for the European Energy Transformation towards Decarbonization

2020| Christian von Hirschhausen, Claudia Kemfert, Fabian Praeger
DIW focus 5 / 2020

No Need for New Natural Gas Pipelines and LNG Terminals in Europe

2020| Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert
Zeitungs- und Blogbeiträge

Der CO2-Preis ist viel zu niedrig

In: Handelsblatt (12.01.2021), S. 10 | Claudia Kemfert
Weitere Aufsätze

Wasserstoff: Grün und effizient!

In: Wirtschaftsdienst 100 (2020), 12, | Claudia Kemfert
Weitere Aufsätze

A Nomadic Journey – Simulating the Effect of COVID-19 and Production Shifts on Crude Oil Prices

In: IAEE Energy Forum (2020), Special Issue, S. 90-91 | Dawud Ansari, Claudia Kemfert
Zeitungs- und Blogbeiträge

Wir brauchen New Green Deals

In: Handelsblatt (19.11.2020), S. 8 | Claudia Kemfert
Externe referierte Aufsätze

Comparing Regulatory Designs for the Transmission of Offshore Wind Energy

In: Economics of Energy and Environmental Policy 10 (2020), 1, im Ersch. | Yann Girard, Claudia Kemfert, Julius Stoll



Freedom Gas to Europe? Scenario Analyses with the Global Gas Model

Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert, Ruud Egging
[Online], 09.10.2020
| Game Theory Seminar: Corvinus University of Budapest [Online]

Nordstream 2 in the Context of a Decarbonizing European Energy System

Franziska Holz, Anne Neumann, Claudia Kemfert, Christian von Hirschhausen
Berlin, 19.12.2019
| International Journalists' Programme: Workshop, CLEW


Claudia Kemfert, Dorothea Schäfer
Berlin, 06.12.2019
| Green Finance - Wie kann der Finanzsektor zu den Klimazielen beitragen?: Vorstellung des Doppelbandes "Green Finance" der Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung

CO2-Bepreisung im Wärme- und Verkehrssektor: Diskussion von Wirkungen und Entlastungsoptionen

Claudia Kemfert
Berlin, 27.11.2019
| Jahreskonferenz Volkswirtschaft und Finanzmärkte - Ausblick 2020

Climate Change is a Climate Chance!

Claudia Kemfert
Freiburg, 23.11.2019
| TEDx Freiburg

Research Projects

Research Project


Current Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

ADaptation And Mitigation Strategies for Europe (ADAM)

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

Biochar in Agriculture – Perspectives for Germany and Malaysia

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

Die Auswirkungen des Atomausstiegs in Deutschland auf Strompreise und Klimaschutz in Deutschland und Europa

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

Economic Analysis and Evaluation of the Effects of the Renewable Energy Act

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment
Research Project

EMF Energy Modelling Forum

Completed Project| Energy, Transportation, Environment