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Ricarda Faber


Ricarda Faber

BA (Political Science)

Research Assistant


Ricarda Faber works at Ecologic Institute as a Research Assistant. Her research focuses primarily on European energy and climate policy, in particular on the decarbonization of our energy systems. She works in German and English.

For Ecologic Institute, Ricarda Faber is working on several projects covering topics such as new regulatory frameworks for sustainable energy supply, renewable energies, energy efficiency, e.g. in the building sector, and the evaluation of national and European policies. In the research project StromNachbarn, which is part of the research network Ecornet Berlin, she analyzed the socio-ecological effects of tenant electricity systems in Berlin by means of a tenant survey. In addition, Ricarda Faber conducted an institutional and actor analysis in the field of transport and energy in the project WenaMoNi. Thereby, she examined opportunities and obstacles for sustainable mobility in Lower Saxony. A special focus was on sector coupling and hydrogen.

Before joining Ecologic Institute Berlin, Ricarda Faber gained experience as a project assistant at adelphi Consult in the fields of sustainable consumption and international climate policy. There, she supported the implementation of national policies and the design of a database to record UN SDG 12 and Agenda 2030 activities. In addition, Ricarda Faber analyzed case studies of national climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies as part of the global database initiative "Partnership for Transparency in the Paris Agreement (PATPA)" of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

Next to her work for Ecologic Institute, Ricarda Faber is a master's degree student of Public Policy with a focus on energy and climate at the University of Potsdam (Germany). She is currently writing her Master's thesis on the politics of green financial policy under the Climate Finance and Policy and Energy and Technology Policy groups at the Swiss Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich. She completed her bachelor's degree in Political Science, which she centred on environment, climate and regional studies, at the Free University of Berlin in 2019. As a scholarship holder of the University Alliance for Sustainability (UAS), Ricarda Faber researched the topic of "Societal Transformation to Sustainability" in Beijing (China) during a student exchange with Peking University.

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Selected projects by Ricarda Faber
Photovoltaic technology is a key lever for decarbonising Berlin's power consumption and for social participation in the transformation process, especially for tenants. Therefore, solar energy and projects on rental apartment blocks are key elements of the Berlin Senate... Read more
Mabel Amber |
Without a thorough transformation in the transport sector, the energy transition will not succeed. On the one hand, emissions caused by mobility must be significantly reduced. On the other hand, the two sectors of transport and energy need to be linked. Lower Saxony,... Read more

© Romolo Tavani|

Like the COVID-19 pandemic, some crisis are difficult to anticipate. The climate crisis and the increasing biodiversity loss, however, are foreseeable. COVID-19 has shown that mitigating the risk of crisis is not only a moral issue but also an economic question. The... Read more

Leapfrogging to a Resilient Europe

Selected publications by Ricarda Faber


Tenant electricity systems generate solar power on apartment buildings and deliver it directly to the households in the building. In a new study, Katharina Umpfenbach and Ricarda Faber evaluate the effects of the existing tenant electricity systems in Berlin. The bottom... Read more

Umpfenbach, K., Faber, R. (2021). StromNachbarn: Evaluation der sozialen und ökologischen Wirkungen von Mieterstromanlagen in Berlin, Berlin: Ecornet Berlin.


Ecologic Institute

Modernising the EU's building stock is essential to meet the twin goals of climate action and green recovery. The building sector is responsible for 27 % of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and for 36 % of energy-related GHG emissions when considering direct and... Read more

Velten, Eike Karola and Ricarda Faber 2020: Why the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility must prioritise investments in building renovation. A short think piece. Berlin: Ecologic Institute.

Selected events by Ricarda Faber

© Ecologic Institute

On 30 April 2021 at the online Berliner ENERGIETAGE, the research network Ecornet Berlin presented how tenants can benefit from the energy transition. Members of the research network provided three expert inputs on: "Energy poverty in Berlin" (IÖW) "The impacts... Read more

Digital Event:What Role do Tenants Play in the Energy Transition in Berlin?

Berlin, Germany