Scholars

Georg Zachmann

Georg Zachmann

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Empirical microeconomics, Energy, Electricity Markets CV: Download CV Twitter: @GeorgZachmann

Georg Zachmann is a German citizen. He joined Bruegel in September 2009. He is also a member of the German Advisory Group in Ukraine and the German Economic Team in Belarus and Moldova. Prior to that he worked at the German Ministry of Finance and the German Institute for Economic Research in Berlin.

Georg Zachmann’s work at Bruegel focuses on energy and climate change issues. He has worked on the European emission trading system, the European electricity market and European renewables policy. In addition, he covers fuel and commodity markets to some extent. Upcoming works will deal with market concentration, the effectiveness of the EU ETS, electricity market design and transmission system investment as well as the economic perspectives in the southern Mediterranean countries.

Georg holds a doctoral degree of the Technical University Dresden as well as a diploma in economics from the Humboldt University Berlin. In Berlin and Dresden, as well as during research and study visits to the London Business School and the Université Val d’Essone, he specialized in empirical microeconomics and energy economics.
Georg speaks German, English and French.

Declaration of interests 2012

Declaration of interests 2013

Declaration of interests 2014

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Policy Contribution

Rethinking the security of the European Union’s gas supply

Rethinking the security of the European Union’s gas supply

Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann argue that instead of doing everything to reduce gas supplies from key suppliers like Russia, gas supply security could more effectively be safeguarded by ensuring that unused alternatives are maintained. They could then be tapped into for an indefinite period in the case of supply disruption from a key supplier.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: January 20, 2016
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The oil-price slump: crisis symptom or fuel for growth?

The low oil price will benefit oil importing countries, but is also a symptom of slowing global growth. Georg Zachmann explores the reasons for the oil slump and its effects on the global economy.

By: Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: January 11, 2016
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When will the EU switch away from coal?

In the US, electricity producers are switching from coal to less polluting natural gas thanks to lower gas prices. However in the EU, the carbon price has been too low to make natural gas competitive with coal.

By: Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: December 21, 2015
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COP21: An important turn on a long journey

The Paris Agreement has been hailed as a turning point and a huge success in the international fight against climate change. Its big achievement is that it brings tackling climate change back into the sphere of the politically possible. But implementation will be by no means easy. I base my optimism on four observations:

By: Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: December 14, 2015
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Policy Brief

Can a global climate risk pool help the most vulnerable countries?

Can a global climate risk pool help the most vulnerable countries?

Extreme climate events related to global warming will happen somewhat randomly and could have a huge cost for the most vulnerable countries. A global climate risk pool, with contributions from all countries, could help these vulnerable countries to recover from such events and might thus smooth the way towards a broader climate deal.

By: Dirk Schoenmaker and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: December 4, 2015
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Georg Zachmann

An overview of Bruegel scholars’ contributions on Energy Union

Bruegel scholars have contributed numerous ideas to the Energy Union concept – and to all five dimensions of the policy package. Georg Zachmann and Simone Tagliapietra provide a structured overview of the relevant policy analysis and proposals from Bruegel fellows.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: December 3, 2015
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Egypt: The catalyst for a new Eastern Mediterranean gas hub?

The recent discovery of the large Zohr gas field in offshore Egypt - the largest ever made in the Mediterranean Sea - might completely change the regional gas outlook.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: November 30, 2015
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COP21: Climate action needs a new global architecture

A strong political momentum on climate action has arisen worldwide on the way to Paris. However private and public investors will only conduct the necessary long-term investments if COP21 manages to put in place a sustained political commitment of all relevant parties to the 2°C pathway. Such a commitment requires a new global architecture for climate action.

By: Simone Tagliapietra and Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: November 26, 2015
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Opinion

Georg Zachmann

Helping Ukraine to reform Naftogaz’s gas transmission business

Reform of Ukraine’s gas sector is under threat. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development should step in.

By: Georg Zachmann Topic: Energy & Climate Date: November 23, 2015
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