Felix Matthes

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Felix Christian Matthes (born May 13, 1962 in Berlin ) is a German environmental economist . He is research coordinator in the field of energy and climate protection at the Öko-Institut , a private environmental research institute headquartered in Freiburg im Breisgau .


Matthes graduated in 1985 with a degree in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Leipzig . He received his doctorate in political science from the Free University of Berlin in 1999 . From 2007 to 2008 he was visiting scholar at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology .


As a staff member, Matthes helped develop the concept of the energy transition that was developed at the Öko-Institut in 1980 . In 1991 and 1992 he was involved in the development of energy transition scenarios for East and West Germany as well as in the development of energy scenarios and an energy policy concept for the reunified Berlin. While the focus was initially on phasing out the use of atomic energy , improving energy efficiency and expanding the use of renewable energy sources , climate protection and the complete replacement of fossil energy sources became increasingly important in later updates of the energy transition scenarios.

Matthes acted in an advisory capacity for various commissions. From 2000 to 2003 he was an expert member of the Enquete Commission on Sustainable Energy Supply under the conditions of globalization and the liberalization of the 14th German Bundestag. Matthes 2018/2019 member of the Commission for Growth, Structural Change and Employment ("Coal Commission") set up by the German Federal Government , whose aim was to develop a proposal for a coal phase-out as part of climate protection policy .

Since 2003, Matthes has helped shape the discussion about the design and implementation of the European Emissions Trading Directive . He was involved in the creation of several national allocation plans and has made scientific contributions to various sub-topics relevant to emissions trading (including benchmarking, auctioning, sectoral coverage, minimum CO 2 prices). In addition, he has analyzed and compared the design and development of emissions trading systems in different countries and, together with two other lead authors, wrote the international handbook Emissions Trading in Practice .

In the public debate about ways out of the climate crisis , Matthes advocated CO 2 pricing and a minimum price. For this, national solutions would have to be developed in the first step and some of the active states would have to be linked in the second step. The goal is therefore not a global CO 2 price, but a network of regional, national and supranational pricing systems. In 2018, he particularly encouraged Germany and France to move forward together to introduce a price setting instead of waiting for a solution within the G20 .


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  1. CV (.pdf)
  2. a b c d e f https://www.oeko.de/das-institut/team/felix-christian-matthes/
  3. Uwe Fritsche , Felix C. Matthes and Dieter Seifried (1991). Energy transition scenarios for East and West Germany up to 2010 , final report on behalf of Greenpeace Germany, Öko-Institut eV, Darmstadt / Berlin / Freiburg, accessed on April 28, 2018
  4. ^ Günter Borch , Felix Chr. Matthes and Hans-Joachim Ziesing (1992). Update of energy scenarios and elaboration of an energy policy action plan for Berlin, study i. A. of the Senate Department for Urban Development and Environmental Protection, Berlin
  5. ^ Felix Chr. Matthes and Martin Cames (2000). Energy transition 2020 - the path to a sustainable energy industry . A study by the Öko-Institut published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation , Berlin, accessed on April 28, 2019
  6. ^ Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR); International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP) 2016. Emissions Trading in Practice: A Handbook on Design and Implementation . World Bank, Washington, DC. © World Bank. https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/23874 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO
  7. Joachim Wille, Daniel Baumann: More and more dirt in the air. In: Frankfurter Rundschau , April 10, 2018.
  8. ^ Stefan Schultz: Climate summit in Katowice: How the earth can still be saved. In: Spiegel Online , December 15, 2018.
  9. Nora Marie Zaremba: European emissions trading: pollution rights should become more expensive. In: Tagesspiegel , February 9, 2018.