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Eike Karola Velten


Eike Karola Velten

Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieurin (Graduate Industrial Engineer of Energy and Environmental Management)

Coordinator Energy
Senior Fellow


Eike Karola Velten (née Dreblow) is a Senior Fellow and Coordinator of the Energy team at Ecologic Institute. She studies the transition to climate neutrality, with a focus on climate mitigation policies for the energy sector in particular. A trained industrial engineer, Eike Velten specializes in data collection and analysis and indicator-based assessments. She works in German and English.

Eike Velten has led and contributed to a variety of projects for European and German institutions during the ten years she has spent working at Ecologic Institute. In particular, she develops and checks planning and monitoring exercises. Currently, she tracks EU progress towards climate neutrality across a range of building blocks under the European Climate Neutrality Observatory (ECNO) being the lead author of the first flagship report. Eike Velten also supports Eurostat in its yearly monitoring of the sustainable development goals, covering SDG7 on energy and SDG13 on climate action. From its beginning in 2011 until 2019, she provided scientific support to the expert commission of the monitoring process on the energy transition in Germany.

In addition, Eike Velten analyzed the EU Member States long-term climate strategies and their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs) in several projects with a cross-cutting view on the societal changes and related policies. She also evaluates innovative climate mitigation projects carried out under the German National Climate Initiative (NKI).

Eike Karola Velten studied industrial engineering with an emphasis on energy and environmental management at the University of Flensburg (Germany). In her diploma thesis at Fichtner, she researched how concentrating solar power plants could be registered under the Clean Development Mechanism. She spent a year abroad at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) to attend classes on marine science.

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Selected projects by Eike Karola Velten
EU Policy Indicators Project

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Sustainable development is a long-term political goal of the European Union (EU), which has become even more important since the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the European Green Deal. Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union,... Read more

EU Policy Initiatives and Methodological Assistance on Indicators

European Commission, Eurostat (Eurostat), International

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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

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The aim of this project is to assess – for a selection of EU Member States – the impacts of policies and measures (PaMs) as described in their National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). To this end, the project team identifies specific policy instruments and related ex... Read more

Understanding potential pathways towards net-zero


© Ecologic Institute 2022

Reaching climate neutrality by 2050 in the EU requires strong policy making and monitoring to ensure all areas of the European economy get and remain on track. Additionally, EU climate governance must ensure cohesion between EU Member States' short-term actions and the... Read more

Assessments Supporting EU Progress towards Climate Neutrality

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The decarbonization of the German energy system, the so-called German "Energiewende," was officially adopted with the introduction of the "Energy Concept" of September 2010 and the energy policy decisions of June 2011. These decisions foresee the development of a highly... Read more
Selected publications by Eike Karola Velten
Cover of the ECNO flagship report "State of EU progress to climate neutrality. An indicator-based assessment across 13 building blocks for a climate neutral future"

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The EU Climate Law legally binds EU countries as a whole to become climate neutral by 2050. Achieving this goal requires transforming the way we produce, consume, travel, and eat. EU institutions have already put in place many measures to guide and support governments,... Read more

Velten, Eike Karola et al. 2023: Flagship Report: State of EU progress to climate neutrality. An indicator-based assessment across 13 building blocks for a climate neutral future. European Climate Neutrality Observatory (ECNO).

Report cover of the German Environment Agency on climate change with a light blue banner with the text 'CLIMATE CHANGE' and the number '38/2023'. Below the banner, in bold, large font, the title 'National Energy and Climate Plans: Evidence of Policy Impacts and Options for more Transparency' including the subtitle 'A Meta Study assessing Evaluations of selected Policies reported in the Danish, French, German, Slovenian, and Swedish Plan'. List with the authors' names underneath. At the bottom the logo.

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This study aims to contribute to the further development of the Member States' reporting to the EU with regard to the National Energy and Climate Change Plans (NECPs), especially with regard to the national progress reports, the NECP updates and a possible revision of... Read more

Wachsmuth, Jakob et al. 2023: National Energy and Climate Plans: Evidence of Policy Impacts and Options for more Transparency. A Meta Study assessing Evaluations of selected Policies reported in the Danish, French, German, Slovenian, and Swedish Plan. Final report. Dessau-Roßlau: German Environment Agency.

Cover of "Sustainable development in the European Union Monitoring report on progress towards the SDGs in an EU context 2023 edition"

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The 2023 publication is Eurostat's seventh regular report monitoring progress towards the SDGs in an EU context. Ecologic Institute's authors covered the chapters on SDG 2 (Zero Hunger), SDG 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), SDG 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), SDG 13 ... Read more

Petri, Ekkehard, et al. (ed.) 2023: Sustainable Development in the European Union. Monitoring Report on Progress Towards the SDGs in an EU Context. [eurostat Statistical books 2023 edition]. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.

Further assessments of EU policy planning and reporting

Cover of the publication with net zero 2050 and Ecologic logo. Background image: Two young hikers in the mountains holding a map and looking down into the valley.

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This report presents the findings from an assessment of 22 long-term strategies (LTSs) of the EU Member States available as of March 2022. It is complemented by a briefing that summarizes the key findings and recommendations, as well as an overview of the underlying... Read more

Velten, Eike Karola, Nick Evans, Deyana Spasova, Matthias Duwe, Ramiro de la Vega, Laurens Duin, and Harrison Branner (2022): Charting a path to net zero: An assessment of national long-term strategies in the EU. Ecologic Institute, Berlin.

A report by Ecologic Institute and Climact shows that the draft National Energy and Climate Plans presented by governments at the start of 2019 are in acute need of improvement. They suffer from inadequate targets and insufficient details on the policies and financing... Read more

Duwe, Matthias; Eike Karola Velten, Nick Evans, Mona Freundt, Julien Pestiaux, Benoît Martin, Pascal Vermeulen (2019): Planning for net-zero: Assessing the Draft National Energy and Climate Plans. Berlin, Louvain-la-Neuve, Bruessels.

Cover publication AIA EU 2030

Ecologic Institute

On 17 September 2020, the European Commission proposed to raise the EU climate target for 2030, so as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 55% compared to 1990. In this policy brief, CLIMACT and Ecologic Institute unpack the Commission's impact assessment for the new... Read more

Climact, Ecologic Institute (2020): Analysing the impact assessment on raIsing the EU 2030 climate target - How does the European Commission’s approach compare with other existing studies?

Evaluation of innovative climate protection projects

Cover of the publication "Evaluierung der Nationalen Klimaschutzinitiative. Bericht zum Förderaufruf Innovative Klimaschutzprojekte"

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The funding call for the Innovative Climate Protection Projects is part of the National Climate Protection Initiative (NCI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Since 2008, the NCI funds climate protection projects... Read more

Velten, Eike Karola 2021: Evaluierung der Nationalen Klimaschutzinitiative. Bericht zum Förderaufruf Innovative Klimaschutzprojekte. Ecologic Institute: Berlin.

Sectoral assessments

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.

The introduction of electric vehicles (EVs) is one way to significantly reduce emissions from cars — if combined with a transition to a renewable electricity system — thus helping countries meet their climate and air quality goals. Numerous governments around the world... Read more

Velten, Eike Karola, Stoll, Theresa; Meinecke, Lisa (2019): Measures for the promotion of electric vehicles. Ecologic Institute, Berlin. Commissioned by Greenpeace e.V.

Report cover with title and partner logos

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A better performing and smarter building stock is the cornerstone of the EU decarbonised energy system. In addition to the vast energy saving potential, the building sector has the potential to provide flexibility to the energy system, through energy production, control... Read more

Steuer, Sibyl et al. 2020: Lessons learned to inform integrated approaches for the renovation and modernisation of the built environment. Final Report to the European Commission, Directorate-General for Energy. ENER/C3/2019-468/03