Andreas Prahl is a Researcher at Ecologic Institute in the field of energy and climate. His research focuses on economic evaluation of policy instruments, in particular in the fields of energy efficiency and renewable energy. He works in German and English and has a good knowledge of Spanish.
At Ecologic Institute, Andreas currently supports Dr. Hans-Joachim Ziesing in his work with the German energy transition expert commission, analyzing the progress of the German energy transition. He furthermore provides scientific support in the areas of renewable energies and combined heat and power for the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Moreover, Andreas Prahl is involved in the Assessment of Climate Change Policies in the Context of the European Semester, where he carries out the German and Malta case studies for the European Commission's Directorate-General Climate Action. He also contributed to the recently finalized Mid-term Evaluation of the Renewable Energy Directive driven by REFIT on behalf of the European Commission's Directorate-General for Energy.
Before joining Ecologic Institute, Andreas Prahl worked as a researcher at the Institute for Ecological Economy Research (IÖW). He was part of a team that developed a model to assess the value added and employment impacts of renewable energy expansion. The model was utilized in several studies for the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) as well as for other public and private institutions. Additionally, he further developed the model's methodology, creating another model to determine the value added and employment effects of renovating buildings to increase energy efficiency.
Andreas Prahl earned his Master of Science in Ecological Economics from the University of Edinburgh (United Kingdom) in 2011. His Master's thesis analyzed the effects of climate change policies, such as the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme and Emissions Performance Standards, on material use in automobile manufacturing and the resulting impacts on life cycle greenhouse gas emissions for vehicles. Prior to that, he studied Economic Sciences at Berlin School of Economics and Law (Germany). In his diploma thesis he researched the formation of capital market bubbles, which he analyzed from a post-Keynesian and behavioral economic perspective.