Dr. Christian Thiel
Head of Unit "Energy Efficiency and Renewables", Joint Research Centre (JRC)
Christian Thiel works in the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) since 2009,
amongst others in the Energy Systems Evaluation Unit and Sustainable Transport Unit. Since
February 2018 he is Head of the Energy Efficiency and Renewables Unit in the Directorate for
Energy, Transport and Climate. The unit's mission is to support the deployment of energy
efficiency and renewable energy technologies, measures and policies. It provides support in the
implementation of key EU Directives such as the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency
Directives. These activities are conducted in collaboration with relevant Commission Services,
national and International organisations and stakeholders. In addition, the Unit provides
reference measurements and test methods for photovoltaic technologies. Previously, Christian
was leader of the electro-mobility modelling and energy system modelling projects within the
Before joining the European Commission, Christian Thiel worked for more than 12 years in the
automotive industry, in the Engineering Centre of Adam Opel AG/ General Motors Europe.
During his tenure at Opel/ General Motors, Christian had various assignments with increasing
responsibility, ranging from Technical Staff for Waste Management Systems, Project Engineer
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), Assistant General Secretary European Council for Automotive
R&D (EUCAR) in Brussels to Manager Portfolio Engineering and CO2 Strategy, and European
Program Engineering Manager Chevrolet Volt/ Opel Ampera.
He holds a Doctoral degree (Dr.nat.techn.) from the University of Natural Resources and Life
Sciences Vienna, a Master's degree in Environmental Science (Geooekologie) from the
Technical University Braunschweig, a bachelor's degree in Biology from Université Paris VI and
an undergraduate degree in Economics from the Goethe University Frankfurt am Main. Christian
has published 39 papers in peer-reviewed journals (with an h-factor of 17 according to Scopus).