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Arne Riedel, LLM


Arne Riedel, LLM

Rechtsanwalt (Lawyer)

Coordinator Ecologic Legal
Coordinator Arctic
Senior Fellow


Arne Riedel is a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute and coordinates the Ecologic Legal team as well as the Institute's activities on Arctic issues. He works on Arctic Governance, the international climate negotiations, renewable energy law, the EU emissions trading system (ETS) and compliance with environmental law. Arne Riedel was admitted to the bar in Berlin (Germany) in 2012 and works in German and English.

At Ecologic Institute, Arne Riedel supports the Foreign Office in the negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement. He is a member of the Kyoto Protocol Compliance Committee (Enforcement Branch).

In several projects, Arne Riedel researches and works on Arctic governance, policy and literacy aspects. This includes topics like sustainble urban development in Arctic cities (DFG), the co-creation with Arctic rights holders (BMUV), the governance of marine protected areas in the Arctic (BfN), and the lighthouses of the EU Mission "Restore our ocean and waters by 2030" (EU Commission, DG RTD). Previously, he was the Arctic focal point for a project on Ocean literacy (EU Commission, DG Mare), which sparked the development of the podcast "If Oceans Could Speak", and he led the development of "Environmental Guidelines for a German Arctic Policy", and the WWF Arctic Council Conservation Scorecards.

Between 2012 and 2020, Arne Riedel provided the BMUV and the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs, Energy  and Climate (BMWK) with legal expertise in the areas of renewable energies and the German energy transition (the "Energiewende"). He also coordinated the frontrunner municipalities on climate action ("masterplan municipalities") for the BMU from 2012 to 2015.

Arne Riedel previously worked for the Chair for Public and Administrative Law at the Freie Universität Berlin (FU Berlin, Germany) in the areas of building and planning law and worked as a legal trainee also at Ecologic Institute US in Washington, DC.

Arne Riedel completed his legal studies in 2007 at the FU Berlin, focusing on public law, and was awarded a Master of Laws (LLM) in European Law with distinction from the University of Nottingham (United Kingdom) in 2009. His Master's thesis dealt with the EU ETS, its impact on the Common Market and its post-2012 evolution.

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Selected projects by Arne Riedel, LLM



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The worldwide trend of increasing urban population is also noticeable in Arctic cities. Regarding the unique importance of the Arctic for the global climate system the question arises, how the increasing population can be addressed while taking the environment and the... Read more

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The Arctic plays an essential role in sustaining ecosystems worldwide. At the same time, economic, political, scientific and touristic interests in the Arctic are growing and leave a far-reaching impact on local ecosystems and residents. The DÁVGI project aims to... Read more
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The consequences of climate change are much more visible in the Arctic than in other regions of the world. The increasing loss of sea ice allows to use parts of the Arctic Ocean for a longer time and more intensively than before. This could threaten biodiversity in the... Read more
The European Ocean Coalition (EU4Ocean) connects diverse organisations, projects and people that contribute to ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean. Supported by the European Commission, this bottom-up inclusive initiative aims at uniting the... Read more

The EU4Ocean Coalition for Ocean Literacy


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Missions are a novel instrument in Horizon Europe, which aim to tackle societal challenges with systemic solutions. The implementation of five mission areas (Restore our ocean and waters by 2030; Adaptation to Climate Change; Cancer; Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities;... Read more

Implementation of Lighthouses of Mission 'Restore our oceans and waters by 2030'

Ecologic Institute supports the Horizon 2020 project "Arctic Research Icebreaker Consortium" (ARICE) with Arne Riedel as an Ehics advisor. His role includes inter alia giving advice on specific ethical issues that could occur in research projects to be conducted... Read more
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How can we improve policy monitoring of national implementation to further protect the Arctic environment and its inhabitants? With the WWF Arctic Council Scorecards, Ecologic Institute and WWF International Arctic Programme continue and update the overview of the... Read more
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The Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic seeks to strengthen communication and outreach within the EU and between the EU and Arctic communities regarding the EU’s contribution to addressing environmental and other issues raised by the... Read more

Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of Development of the Arctic

Development of Options for a German Environmental Policy for the Arctic
In this Project, Ecologic Institute elaborates policy options for the development of a strategy to protect the Arctic environment for the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The project entails an analysis of the... Read more

Climate Negotiations

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Ecologic Legal is supporting the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety in the international climate negotiations, particularly on the identification and analysis of German, EU and international negotiation positions. This project... Read more
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The international negotiations on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) currently mainly focus on the design of the future climate regime. Ecologic Legal provides expert advice to the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation,... Read more
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Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples (LCIPs) have been involved in the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 1992. In 2015 the Conference of the Parties established a new element to strengthen LCIPs efforts to address and... Read more

Energy Law

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The increased importance of renewable energy for the electricity sector in the context of the energy transition ("Energiewende") requires that the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) be made more consistent with the Energy Act (EnWG). On behalf of the Federal Ministry for... Read more
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In the course of the German "Energiewende", Ecologic Institute supports the German Federal Ministry for the Environment (BMU) and - since March 2014 - the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy - in the further development of existing instruments to... Read more

Municipal Climate Protection


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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
Since 2008, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety has financed the National Climate Initiative (NKI in German), in order to achieve its national target of an 80% reduction in carbon emissions by the year 2050. In order... Read more
Selected publications by Arne Riedel, LLM


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Germany's Polar research activities contribute to numerous initiatives and include links to climate and biodiversity protection. To prepare for future challenges and address the most pressing issues, the federal government launched a process to develop a new polar... Read more

Wissenschaftlicher Begleitkreis Mare:N "Forschungsagenda Polarregionen im Wandel" (Ed.) 2021: Forschungsagenda Polarregionen im Wandel. Konzeptpapier des Mare:N-Begleitkreises.

The Arctic environment faces many influences that threaten its very existence: climate change and its impacts already present challenges for many ecosystems. Economic activities within the region, as fisheries, shipping, mining and transport of resources as well as... Read more

Riedel, A., Bach, I., Abhold, K., Hoffmann, H., Stephen, K., Schopmans, H., 2020: Ökologisch nachhaltige Nutzung mit hohen Umweltstandards in der Arktis – Umweltleitlinien deutscher Arktispolitik. Abschlussbericht. Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Roßlau.

This book, edited by Ecologic Institute's Brendan O'Donnell, Max Gruenig, and Arne Riedel, highlights both the diversity of perspectives and approaches to Arctic research and the inherent interdisciplinary nature of studying and understanding this incomparable region.... Read more

O'Donnell, Brendan; Max Gruenig; Arne Riedel (Eds.) 2018: Arctic Summer College Yearbook. An Interdisciplinary Look into Arctic Sustainable Development. 1st ed. Springer International Publishing Switzerland.

The Arctic region not only plays an important role in regulating the world's climate, but is also highly affected by climate change. A new book edited by Ecologic Institute's Elizabeth Tedsen, Sandra Cavalieri, and R. Andreas Kraemer addresses the significant changes... Read more

Tedsen, Elizabeth, Sandra Cavalieri, and R. Andreas Kraemer (eds.) 2014: Arctic Marine Governance. Opportunities for Transatlantic Cooperation. Heidelberg: Springer.

A new report on Arctic information and communication needs ("Gap Analysis Report") has been released as part of the Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic Preparatory Action project, funded by DG Environment of the European Commission.... Read more

Tedsen Elizabeth, Arne Riedel, Katherine Weingartner, Roberto Azzolini, Frederic Guillon, Simona Longo, Corrado Leone, Outi Paadar, Anastasia Leonenko (2014): Gap Analysis Report. Preparatory Action, Strategic Environmental Impact Assessment of development of the Arctic. Arctic Centre, University of Lapland.

Climate Negotiations

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  The COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh was intended by the Egyptian presidency to be an implementation summit. The key outcome agreed was a financing mechanism with a fund specifically for damage and loss. Apart from that, the substantive outcomes of COP27 were mostly... Read more

Bodle, Ralph; Arne Riedel and Camilla Bausch 2023: Der Klimagipfel von Sharm El-Sheikh: Fortschritt und Stillstand. In: KlimR, Issue 1 (2023), pp. 2 - 6.



The climate negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow closed on 13 November 2021 and its outcomes were received with a range between careful optimism and disapppointment on the little progress. Three experts of the European network of think tanks "Think Sustainable Europe" are... Read more

IEEP 2021: COP26: Overview and Main Outcomes. A Think Sustainable Europe Podcast. 10 December 2021. Online:

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The Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform (LCIP Platform) was established in Paris in 2015, but its operationalization is still ongoing. The LCIP Platform could provide an important next step towards a nuanced inclusion of specific non-Party stakeholders in... Read more

Riedel, Arne and Ralph Bodle 2018: Local Communities and Indigenous Peoples Platform – potential governance arrangements under the Paris Agreement. Nordic Council of Ministers: Copenhagen.

Selected events by Arne Riedel, LLM