Eike Karola Velten

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

Senior Fellow


Eike Karola Velten (née Dreblow) is a Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute. She studies the transition to climate neutrality with a focus on climate mitigation policies for the energy sector in particular. As a trained industrial engineer, Eike Velten specializes in data analysis and indicator-based evaluations. She works in German and English and has basic knowledge of Spanish.

With over ten years of experience at Ecologic Institute, Eike Velten has led and contributed to a variety of projects for European and German institutions. Currently, she evaluates innovative climate mitigation projects carried out under the German National Climate Initiative (NKI). She also analyzes ex-ante assessments and ex-post evaluations of the climate policies in National Energy and Climate Plans (NECPs). In 2019, she evaluated and ranked Member States' draft NECPs.

Eike Velten is particularly interested in decarbonization of buildings and the transport sector. In this context, she analyzed direct and indirect emissions from road transport and buildings with the goal of a possible expansion of the European Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS). She also assessed integrated approaches for building policies and identified effective policy instruments to increase the use of electric vehicles. Moreover, she produced a dataset on used vehicle fleets and trade in Europe in order to analyze their environmental impact.

Eike Velten provided scientific support to the expert commission of the monitoring process on the energy transition in Germany from its beginning in 2011 until 2019. For the annual monitoring reports, she contributed analysis on the progress in improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions in the transport and building sector.

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
In a consortium of five research institutes, Ecologic Institute evaluated the effects of the national climate initiative (NKI). With an annual volume of 280 million Euros, this initiative represents a cornerstone of Germany's efforts at climate protection. In the course... 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
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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 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Eurostat, the Statistical Office of the European Union, has been monitoring progress in the... Read more

Monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Europe 2020 Strategy and Policy Initiatives beyond 2020

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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

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Achieving climate neutrality requires structural changes to our economic system, with solutions that work across sectors. Correspondingly, measuring progress and designing policy towards the EU's net zero ambition requires a framework that captures the complexity of the... Read more

Duwe, Matthias; Eike Karola Velten, Isabel Haase, Nicolas Berghmans, Nick Evans and Deyana Spasova (2021): Measuring progress towards climate neutrality. Ecologic Institute, Berlin / IDDRI, Paris

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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?

The 2030 targets for decarbonising the EU economy have been agreed, but what does this actually mean for the European energy and transport systems? In a new publication, Agora Energiewende is providing exactly this "Big Picture" of the EU energy transformation up until... Read more

Agora Energiewende (2019): European Energy Transition 2030: The Big Picture. Ten Priorities for the next European Commission to meet the EU's 2030 targets and accelerate towards 2050.

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.

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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


Ecologic Institute

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.

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