Dr. Christine WörlenDr. Christine Woerlen

Dr. Christine Woerlen

Dr. Christine Woerlen

Dr. Christine Wörlen is the founder of Arepo Consult.

She is an internationally renowned expert in the area of renewable energy policies and energy systems integration as well as economic impact of renewable energy deployment. Her main area of expertise is the design and evaluation of projects and programs for sustainable energy policy as well as for the integration of renewable electricity. International activities brought her to all regions of the world, for example China, Thailand, India, South Africa, Western Africa, USA, Canada and Mexico.

As a Programme Manager at the Global Environment Facility she was responsible for renewable energies and new low-GHG emitting energy technologies and approved grants of more than $100 million annually for projects in developing countries and countries in transition. These projects were executed by the World Bank, UNDP, UNEP and regional multilateral development banks.
In this capacity she worked together with international and national stakeholders in approving, monitoring and evaluating a portfolio of renewable energy projects in more than 60 countries. The focus of this work was the extraction of lessons and experiences on the effectiveness and efficiency of policy interventions for the development of sustainable energy systems. She also developed the methodology of carbon accounting in the context of the GEF, contributing to a clarification of roles between GEF and CDM.

As Head of Renewable Energies Department at the German Energy Agency (dena), Dr. Wörlen managed a number of export support instruments of the German government specifically tailored to the renewable energy industry. In that position she was responsible for managing a business unit of 25 people.

Christine Wörlen is Geoecologist (Diploma) by training and has a B.S. (Vordiplom) in Economics. Her doctoral thesis at Boston University discussed support for renewable energy by methods from environmental economics, statistics and econometrics. Christine is a regular speaker on topics regarding renewable energy, for example, at the TU Berlin, the Renewables Academy in Berlin, the University of Austin, the WIREC and many other occasions. She has recently completed a speaking tour on renewable energy and economic benefits in the Midwestern Region of the U.S.


Selected Publications:


Wörlen, C: Erneuerbare Energien – Wissen was stimmt. 2011, 2nd Ed., Herder Verlag, Freiburg, 128 p.

Studies, Papers, Book Chapters, Contributions:

GEF Evaluation Office: Climate Change Mitigation Impact Evaluation. 2013.

Wörlen, C.: Guidelines for climate mitigation evaluations. For Climate Change Evaluation Community of Practice Study. 2013.

Levin, K., W. Li, A. Allen, C. Woerlen, and others: Best Practice of Green Growth Monitoring and Evaluation. In: Global Green Growth Best Practice Report. 2014.

Wörlen, C.: Meta-Evaluation of Climate Mitigation Evaluations: The Theory of No-Change. in: Uitto, J. (ed.): Evaluating Environment in International Development. Forthcoming.

Schumacher, K., Repenning, J., Wörlen C., Rieseberg, S., Heldwein, C., Tews, K., Di Nucci, R., Görlach B., Grünig, M., Ziesing, H.-J. (2013): Evaluation of the German National Climate Initiative: Lessons learned and steps ahead. ECEEE Conference 2013.

Wörlen C., Rieseberg S., Heldwein C.: Befreiungen der energieintensiven Industrie in Deutschland von Energieabgaben - Abschätzung für 2013. Kurzgutachten im Auftrag der Fraktion DIE LINKE. 2013.

Neuhoff, K., Küchler, S., Rieseberg, S., Wörlen, C., Heldwein, C., Karch, A., Ismer, R.: Vorschlag für die zukünftige Ausgestaltung der Ausnahmen für die Industrie bei der EEG-Umlage. DIW Berlin: Politikberatung kompakt 75. November 2013.

Rieseberg, S., Wörlen C., Zügel, S.: Energieabgabenbefreiungen für die energieintensive Industrie in Deutschland. 2012.

Wörlen, C.: Meta-Evaluation of climate mitigation evaluations. 38 p. Climate Change Evaluation Community of Practice Study. 2011.

Wörlen, C.: Transforming Markets for Sustainable District Heating in Poland – a Meta-Evaluation and Barrier Analysis. Climate Change Evaluation Community of Practice Study. 2011.

Wörlen, C.: Transforming Markets for Energy Efficient Products in Thailand – a Meta-Evaluation and Barrier Analysis. 28 p. Climate Change Evaluation Community of Practice Study. 2011.

H.-J. Ziesing, Ch. Wörlen, D. Loy (2010): Energy concept Namibia. Discussion paper. German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety.

R. Srikandam, C. Wörlen, P. Opitz (2010): Calculation tool for Solar Feed-In-Tariffs for Kazakhstan. 10 p.

P. Opitz, Wörlen, C., Vassiliyev, S.: Renewable energy and energy efficiency in Kazakhstan. 156 p. 2010.

Wörlen C., P. Opitz, R. Srikandam: Renewable Energy in Moldova. 23 p. 2010.

Wörlen, C.: 300.000 Clean Energy Jobs. Low Carbon Growth in the U.S. and Europe. Study for the Heinrich-Boell Stiftung North America. July 2010. 16 p.

Wörlen, C., W. Rickerson, B. Marrs, G. Holzhausen: USA Energie- und Klimapolitik. Akteure und Trends im August 2009. Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, Berlin, Boston. September 2009.

Wörlen, C.: Opportunities for Renewable Energies in Tunisia. A Country Study. Study for WWF MPO. Washington, September 2009.

Wörlen, C.: German Clean Energy Technology Export Support Schemes. Study for Energy and Security Group. 2009.

Wörlen, C.: Funding for Renewables in Rural Electrification. TREE Reader. Forthcoming.

Wörlen, C., Altevogt, J., Detjen, C. (2008): Expert Witness Report on Ontario IPSP.

Wörlen, C., Borbonus, S., Hennicke, P. (2007): Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainable Development. Experience from 14 years of GEF projects. In: Energy for Sustainable Development. Dec. 2006. Invited publication.

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