Raffaele Piria joined Ecologic Institute as a Senior Fellow with more than 20 years of experience in energy and climate policy at the European and international level. A political scientist with a fondness for economic, technical, legal and social issues, Raffaele has a comprehensive view of strategic issues related to the European and global energy transition. He moreover maintains a large network of contacts with policy makers, scientists, civil society and the business community. He is an experienced project manager, with a strong track record as a leader of international consortia. Raffaele enjoys bridging the gap between theory and praxis, as well as between people with different backgrounds, interests and points of view. He is fluent in English, German and Italian and has a good working knowledge of French and Spanish.
At Ecologic Institute, Raffaele leads a project on behalf of the Climate Neutrality Foundation, which aims to rethink Germany's international energy, climate, and resource partnerships to prepare them for a resilient transition to climate neutrality. In this project, he builds upon his six years of experience as the leader of a consortium implementing Germany's energy partnerships with the USA, Canada and Australia on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. In this function, Raffaele has been instrumental in facilitating the establishment of the Canada-Germany Hydrogen Alliance, launched by Minister Habeck and Minister Wilkinson in Newfoundland in August 2022.
In a more technical capacity, Raffaele leads a project on GHG accounting methodologies, standards and certification for green hydrogen on behalf of the International PtX Hub, for which he recently authored a detailed analysis of the EU requirements for renewable hydrogen and its derivatives. He has previously published on hydrogen import security, as well as on the hydrogen debates in Australia, Canada and the USA. Raffaele's extensive list of publications covers diverse aspects of climate and energy policy, ranging from offshore wind deployment and comparative analysis of power systems in Germany and the USA to coal discourse in Czechia, Germany and Poland, from a contribution to the World Nuclear Industry Status Report to a recent article on Elsevier's Energy Policy on the acceptance of different ways of using the revenues from carbon pricing.
During the early stages of his career, Raffaele worked in Brussels for eight years, including a position as advisor to Claude Turmes, who was then a newly elected Member of the European Parliament's Green Party group and later became Minister for Energy in Luxembourg. As Secretary General and Policy Director of the European Solar Thermal Industry Federation, Raffaele's advocacy work was instrumental in enshrining renewable heating and cooling into the EU Renewable Energy Directive, a piece of legislation Raffaele is still working on today. After moving to Berlin in 2008, Raffaele briefly worked as Director for International Business Development at Solarpraxis, before starting a new career in think tanks. Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, he had been working as Senior Advisor at adelphi for eight years.
Raffaele holds an MSc in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics and an MA (Diplom) in political science from the Freie Universität Berlin, where he graduated with a thesis on EU freight transport policy. He grew up in Milan, where he attended Liceo Classico Cesare Beccaria, majoring in Philosophy, Ancient Greek and Latin.
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Selected projects by Raffaele Piria
Climate Neutrality Foundation, Germany
Selected publications by Raffaele Piria
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH (ed.) 2023: EU Requirements for Renewable Hydrogen and its Derivatives.
Dütschke, Elisabeth et al. 2023: Using the revenues from carbon pricing – Insights into the acceptance and perceptions of particularly burdened groups, Energy Policy, Volume 175.
Piria, Raffaele et al. 2022: Securing hydrogen imports for Germany: Import needs, risks and strategies on the way to climate neutrality. Ariadne-Analysis.
Piria, Raffaele 2021: Heute beim Wasserstoff die Energiesicherheit von morgen vorbereiten. In: Tagesspiegel Background Energie & Klima. Verlag Der Tagesspiegel. Berlin.
Piria, Raffaele 2021 : Critical Review of the IPHE Working Paper "Methodology for Determining the GHG Emissions Associated with the Production of Hydrogen". adelphi, Oeko-Institut, Berlin, October 2021.
Teichmann, Franziska et al. 2021: Wasserstoff in Kanada. Status Quo, Debatten und Potenziale. adelphi consult. Berlin.
Raffaele Piria, Franziska Teichmann, Jens Honnen, Jakob Eckardt 2021: Wasserstoff in den USA: Potenziale, Diskurs, Politik und transatlantische Kooperation. Berlin: adelphi.
Piria, Raffaele; Magdalena Magosch and Jakob Eckardt 2020: Offshore Wind Deployment in Germany. Facts and Policy Lessons. Berlin: adelphi.
Jensterle, Miha et al. 2020: Grüner Wasserstoff: Internationale Kooperationspotenziale für Deutschland. Kurzanalyse zu ausgewählten Aspekten potenzieller Nicht-EU-Partnerländer. adelphi, dena, GIZ, Navigant, Berlin.
Teichmann, Franziska und Raffaele Piria 2019: Die Wasserstoffdebatte in Australien. Berlin: adelphi consult GmbH.
Magosch, Magdalena, Raffaele Piria, Jakob Eckardt (2019): Überblick über die australische Energiepolitik. Berlin: adelphi/RAP.
Teichmann, Franziska et al. 2019: Energiepolitik in der Region New England. Berlin: adelphi consult GmbH.
Hogan, Michael; Frederick Weston and Raffaele Piria 2018: Power systems in the 2020s: What can Germany and the PJM region learn from each other? Briefing note for the Germany – PJM States Energy Trends Forum. The Regulatory Assistance Project, Montpellier Vermont, USA.
Piria, Raffaele et al. 2018: Community Choice Aggregation. Kommunen in Kalifornien und anderen US-Bundesstaaten werden als CCA zum Stromver-sorger. Berlin: adelphi/RAP.
Piria, Raffaele et al. 2018: Die Debatte zur Grid Resiliency Pricing Rule – Strommarktpolitik unter Präsident Trump. Berlin: adelphi consult GmbH/RAP.
Piria, Raffaele et al. 2017: Überblick über die Energieeffizienzpolitik in den USA. Berlin: adelphi/RAP.
Piria, Raffaele (2014): Paying to Produce: The Nuclear Fleet Facing the Erosion of Baseload. In: Brunnergräber A. & Di Nucci M.R (eds): Im Hürdenlauf zur Energiewende. Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden. 413-427. Aug 1, 2014.
Schneider, Michael et al. 2014: The World Nuclear Industry Status Report 2014. Mycle Schneider Consulting, Paris, London, Washington.
Piria, Raffaele et al. 2014: Greening the Heartlands of Coal in Europe. Insights from a Czech-German-Polish Dialogue on Energy Issues. Heinrich Böll Stiftung.
Binda Zane, Edoardo; R. Brückmann, D. Bauknecht, F. Jirouš, R. Piria, N. Trennepohl, J. Bracker, R, Frank and J. Herling (2012): Integration of electricity from renewables to the electricity grid and to the electricity market – RES-INTEGRATION. Öko-Institut & eclareon, Freiburg/Berlin.
Piria, Raffaele (2009): Bufera sulle scorie tedesche, in: Qualenergia, 2 marzo 2009. https://www.qualenergia.it/articoli/20090302-bufera-sulle-scorie-tedesche-1/
Piria, Raffaele (2008): Nucleare, una Fata Morgana in Finlandia, in: Qualenergia, 27 Ottobre 2008. https://www.qualenergia.it/articoli/20081027-nucleare-una-fata-morgana-finlandia-1/