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Ricarda Faber


Ricarda Faber

MA (Public Policy)
BA (Political Science)



Ricarda Faber is a Researcher at Ecologic Institute. Her research focuses on the design and implementation of European and German energy and climate mitigation policy. In particular, she analyzes regulatory frameworks that accelerate a just scaling up of renewable energies and system transformation. Further research interests include sustainable finance. Ricarda Faber is a native German speaker and fluent in English.

At Ecologic Institute, Ricarda Faber is part of the EU Horizon 2020 research project "Transformative Policies for a Climate-Neutral European Union (4I-TRACTION)", where she is responsible for the coordination of the project. In addition, she contributes to a comparative country case study on the roll-out of smart meters in Europe. 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, she conducted an institutional and actor analysis in the field of transport and energy in the project WenaMoNi. The research uncovered opportunities and barriers for sustainable mobility in Lower Saxony (Germany). A special focus was on sector coupling and hydrogen.

Before joining Ecologic Institute, she gained experience as 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 monitoring database of UN SDG 12 and Agenda 2030 activities. In addition, Ricarda Faber conducted best practice case study research of country 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).

Ricarda Faber holds a master's degree in Public Policy with a focus on energy and climate from the University of Potsdam. As a scholarship holder of the Swiss-European Mobility Program, she studied one semester at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). Under the Climate Finance and Policy and Energy and Technology Policy groups at the Swiss Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zurich, Ricarda Faber wrote her master's thesis on the politics of green financial policy by analyzing the EU Taxonomy design process. She completed her bachelor's degree in Political Science from the Free University of Berlin (FUB), which she centered on climate change, global governance and climate justice. As a scholarship holder of the University Alliance for Sustainability (UAS), Ricarda Faber researched the topic of "Societal Transformation to Sustainability" in Beijing during a student exchange with Peking University.

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Selected projects by Ricarda Faber

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To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, EU policy will have to be reoriented – from incremental towards structural change. As expressed in the European Green Deal, the challenge is to initiate the necessary transformation to climate neutrality in the coming years, while... Read more

Transformative Policies for a Climate-neutral European Union (4i-TRACTION)


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With the European Green Deal, the EU wants to become climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this, we must decarbonize our energy systems and economies. This effort requires investments in sustainable economic and financial activities. An important building block is the EU... Read more

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Germany is to become climate-neutral by 2050. Achieving the climate targets will require extensive changes that will have an impact on large parts of the economy and social life. Concrete climate measures in energy generation, transport, industry and other sectors are... Read more

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Roofs still offer enormous potential for solar electricity generation. In order to achieve the ambitious expansion targets of the German government, this potential must be raised. In a new project, Ecologic Institute and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research... Read more
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
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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
The EU has specified climate neutrality as a legally binding 2050 target. This transformation requires bold policy tools that can deliver concrete results – sector-by-sector. To inspire policymakers across the EU to get active, Agora Energiewende is compiling best... Read more

Transitioning to Net Zero' Success Stories


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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


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With the National Climate Initiative (NKI), the Federal Environment Ministry has been supporting climate protection projects throughout Germany since June 2008, contributing to the achievement of Germany's climate protection goals. During this time, the NKI's guidelines... Read more
Addressing energy consumption and related GHG emissions from buildings constitute a major challenge in the light of the climate crisis. At the same time, the interplay of building policies with other policy areas comes into focus with sector coupling, digitalization but... Read more

Integrated Approaches for the Renovation and Modernisation of the Built Environment

Selected publications by Ricarda Faber

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Europe is to become climate-neutral by 2050. The EU Commission is striving to achieve this goal with the European Green Deal, which it published at the end of 2019. In order to achieve the climate targets, a lot of money will have to be invested – according to estimates... Read more

Ecologic Institute, 2022: EU-Taxonomie: Ein guter Schritt für mehr Nachhaltigkeit? Knowledge for Future – Der Umwelt-Podcast. 21 December 2022. Online:

Cover of the 4i-traction report "Policy Avenues towards a Climate-Neutral Europe"

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The report maps out four policy avenues for how the EU could attain climate neutrality. The policy avenues consist of a mix of policy instruments sequenced over time, and the institutional arrangements to deliver them. Each policy avenue embodies a different paradigm, i... Read more

Görlach, Benjamin, Leon Martini, Ricarda Faber, Aaron Best, Pol Fontanet Pérez (2022): Report on core instruments and avenues for transformative climate policies. 4i-TRACTION Deliverable 4.1. Ecologic Institute; Berlin.

Cover of the publication "StromNachbarn: Reformoptionen für einen beschleunigten Ausbau von Photovoltaikanlagen auf Mehrfamilienhäusern in Berlin" with a view over Berlin

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The state of Berlin and the federal German government have set themselves ambitious goals for the expansion of photovoltaics (PV) by 2030. These goals can only be achieved if all market segments quickly start to grow and keep on growing, including the segment of PV... Read more

Umpfenbach, Katharina et al. 2022: StromNachbarn: Reformoptionen für einen beschleunigten Ausbau von Photovoltaikanlagen auf Mehrfamilienhäusern in Berlin. Wissen. Wandel. Berlin. | Report Nr. 24. Berlin: Ecologic Institut.



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.


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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

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The EU taxonomy regulation for sustainable finance has received much attention. Some see it as an essential part to help shift the vast amounts of capital that is needed for the transformation of our economies. Others claim it to be yet another classification system... Read more

Dinner Dialogue:What's Next for the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Finance?

Berlin, Germany

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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