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Jan-Erik Thie


Jan-Erik Thie

MSc (Economics)
BA (Politics and Administration / Economics)

Junior Researcher


Jan-Erik Thie works at Ecologic Institute Berlin as a Junior Researcher. His main research topics are international economics as well as climate and energy economics. He is a native German speaker, fluent in English and has good knowledge of Spanish.

At Ecologic Institute, Jan-Erik Thie works on various topics related to economics. His research covers, for instance, the employment effects of climate adaptation investments, the EU Emission Trading System as well as various energy-specific issues. He has worked on the project "Energy-intensive Industries", in the course of which he evaluated current EU funding programs in light of their applicability for funding the transformation of European energy-intensive industries towards climate neutrality. Additionally, Jan-Erik Thie analyzed the competitive situation and the carbon leakage risk of European Industries against the background of the forthcoming fourth trading period in the EU-ETS. Furthermore, he investigated the climate-investment share of the proposed EU recovery program in light of the Corona crisis.

Before joining Ecologic Institute, Jan-Erik Thie worked as a Project Assistant for adelphi Consult in the field of energy efficiency and energy economics for two years. He wrote studies, analyzed economic effects in the energy sector and assisted in organizing various workshops. Prior to that, he worked at the NGO PowerShift, where he wrote a study about the potential effects of CETA on the cultural sector in the EU.

Jan-Erik Thie studied Politics and Administration as well as Economics in Potsdam (Germany). He holds a master's degree in Economics from the University of Potsdam. He spent a semester abroad at the Complutense University of Madrid in Spain to attend classes on political science.

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Selected projects by Jan-Erik Thie
In December 2020, European leaders agreed to tighten the 2030 climate target. Emissions are now to be at least 55% lower by 2030 than in 1990. By the middle of the century, the EU economy is to be climate neutral. The necessary transformation also affects the energy... Read more
The European commission strives for carbon-neutrality in Europe by 2050. In order to achieve this goal, the energy intensive industries will have to reduce their emissions substantially. On behalf of the European Parliament, CE Delft and Ecologic Institute will... Read more
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In Europe, limited information is available about the environmental characteristics of the vehicles stocks and of traded used vehicles in terms of vehicle's air pollutant and CO2 emissions. In this context and on behalf of the European Environmental Agency, Ecologic... Read more

Used Vehicle Trade and Fleet Composition in Europe


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Companies in countries with strong climate protection efforts often perceive these efforts as a competitive disadvantage. The risk, that companies lose market share due to asymmetric climate protection efforts or that new investments in ambitious countries decrease is... Read more
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The conviction of an everlasting economic growth is increasingly pushing our planet to its ecological limits. Life within these limits would be possible if sustainable consumption patterns were to become firmly established in our society. The policy of sufficiency can... Read more
Selected publications by Jan-Erik Thie
For energy-intensive industries, the transformation towards a climate-neutral form of production is a particular challenge, not only because of their large carbon footprints, but also because they are embedded in value chains that are still predominantly fossil-based.... Read more

de Bruyn et al., S, Energy-intensive industries – Challenges and opportunities in energy transition,study for the committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE), Policy Department for Economic, Scientific and Quality of Life Policies, European Parliament, Luxembourg, 2020.

In May 2020, the European Commission proposed an economic recovery program to cope with the economic contraction due to the Corona crisis. The recovery program under the name Next Generation EU is supposed to have an overall volume of 750 billion Euro. The recovery plan... Read more

Thie, Jan-Erik (2020): European Recovery Packages and their Climate Investment Shares. Ecologic Institute, Berlin.

In Europe, limited information is available about the environmental characteristics of the vehicles stocks and of traded used vehicles in terms of vehicle's air pollutant and CO2 emissions. In this report Ecologic Institute and Fraunhofer ISI explore available national... Read more

Velten, Eike Karola; Clemens Brauer, Jan-Erik Thie (2020): Used vehicle trade and fleet composition in Europe. Final report of the project "Used vehicle trade and fleet composition in Europe" on behalf of the EEA. Ecologic Institute and Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI: Berlin, Karlsruhe.

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The enormously innovative German industry is in a position to develop many of the technical solutions required to achieve climate neutrality and bring them onto the market. However, this is not a fast-selling item, but also requires a long-term commitment from the... Read more

Thie, Jan-Erik und Benjamin Görlach 2019: Wie der klimaneutrale Umbau des Industriestandorts Deutschland gelingen kann. Makronom: 16. Oktober 2019. Online:

Selected events by Jan-Erik Thie