Elizabeth Zelljadt was a Fellow at Ecologic Institute, working in climate and energy policy. With expertise particularly in environmental markets, her work focused on emissions trading systems as well as market-based climate change mitigation measures at the international and regional levels. Based out of North America, she speaks and writes fluent English and German, and has advanced skills in Russian.
With a background in global climate change policy in the context of the UN climate negotiations as well as specific expertise regarding regional carbon markets (the EU ETS, Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, western Climate Initiative, Chinese pilot emission trading schemes, etc.), Elizabeth Zelljadt also followed the development of market-based greenhouse gas reduction policies in international aviation and shipping. Her work included contributions to an analysis of countries' long-term climate policy frameworks under the Paris Agreement, evaluating the use of auction revenues from the EU emissions trading system, a report on the voluntary carbon offsetting programmes of major airlines, authoring the section on auctioning of the evaluation of the EU ETS Directive, and training government officials in Panama on carbon markets.
Before coming to Ecologic Institute, Elizabeth Zelljadt worked at Point Carbon – now part of Thomson Reuters - from 2006 to 2012, first as a journalist and from May 2008 on as a senior analyst and editor responsible for reports on international climate negotiations and North American carbon market policy. She was also responsible for Point Carbon's educational programs, including an e-learning course and in-person carbon market training sessions for professionals. Zelljadt has also taught a graduate level course on environmental markets at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC.
Elizabeth Zelljadt studied at Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald in Germany from 2003 to 2005, earning a master’s in environmental policy. She also has a BA in political science and international relations from Northwestern University in the United States.