As a Senior Fellow with Ecologic Institute, Katharina Umpfenbach specializes in energy and resource efficiency policy. She coordinates the Institute's activities on energy policy. Katharina Umpfenbach is particularly interested in support schemes for renewable energy technologies, the implementation of the German energy transformation, and the sustainability of bioenergy. With respect to methods, her focus is on evaluation and impact assessement of policy instruments and strategies. She works in German, English, and French and has basic knowledge of Spanish.
Katharina Umpfenbach is the project coordinator of DYNAMIX, a project under the European Union's 7th Framework Programme (FP7), that aims to develop policy mixes for decoupling resource use and economic growth. In addition, she works on various project related to the implementation of the EU climate and energy targets. For example, she assisted the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) in adapting the regulatory framework for solar energy and negotiating global sustainability indicators for bioenergy through the Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP). She also supported Baden-Württemberg's Ministry of the Environment, Climate Protection and the Energy Sector in developing the Bundesland's long-term climate policy strategy.
Prior to joining Ecologic Institute, Katharina Umpfenbach worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Washington DC. During her time at UNEP, she helped fostering cooperation between North American NGOs and UNEP and contributed to environmental assessment reports. She also worked in the German Bundestag.
Katharina Umpfenbach was awarded the MSc in Environmental Change and Management with distinction from Oxford University. Her master’s thesis compared policies for promoting renewable heat in the United Kingdom and Germany [pdf, English, 686 KB]. In her previous studies at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany), Katharina Umpfenbach studied history, political science, and economics. Her studies were supported by the German National Academic Foundation.