Martin Pehnt

Scientific and Managing Director

Topic area: Energy

Research Topics

  • Renewable energies
  • Energy efficiency and decentralized energy systems
  • Technological impact assessment, life cycle analysis, energy-economical assessment of innovative energy and transport systems
  • Instruments and strategies of energy policy for the promotion of climate-friendly energy systems

Curriculum Vitae

  • Since 2015 Scientific and Managing Director
  • Since 2009 Scientific Director and Member of the Executive Board
  • Since 2001 Senior Scientist at ifeu Heidelberg
  • 1997 - 2001 Research associate at the German Aerospace Center, Institute of Technical Thermodynamics Stuttgart
  • PhD in Energy technology, University of Stuttgart
  • Author of a number of books, scientific and popular science publications and television documentaries

Professional Memberships and Teaching Activities

  • Member of the Climate Expert Council Baden-Württemberg
  • Member of the Hamburg Climate Advisory Council (2021-2026)
  • German ambassador at the European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy, eceee
  • Scientific member of the advisory board of the German Industry Initiative  for Energy Efficiency (DENEFF, Deutsche Unternehmerinitiative Energieeffizienz)
  • Member of the advisory board of the Climate Protection Plus Initiative (KlimaschutzPlus-Stiftung) and a number of companies
  • Member of the advisory board of the Climate Protection and Energy Agency Baden-Württemberg
  • Member of the advisory board of the DGNB – German Sustainable Building Council
  • Jury member of the Environmental Award of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (2018-2021)
  • Central Theme Manager of the Concerted Action EPBD
  • Spokesman of the Federal Energy Working Group of the BUND (Alliance for Environmental and Nature Conservation, Deputy from 2010 to 2016)
  • Advisory Council in the model Spatial Order of the City of Heidelberg
  • Member of the criteria advisory board of the OK Power eco-label
  • Advisory Council in the European RES-DHC initiative (district heating with renewable energies)
  • Member of the “Climate Protection Action Alliance” of BMU (Federal Ministry for the Environment, Natur Conservation and Nuclear Safety)
  • Scientific advisor to the Energy Efficiency Roadmap 2050
  • Referee and Series Editor for a number of scientific journals
  • Scholarship holder of the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) and the Fulbright Commission
  • Honorary professorship at the University of Kassel