• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Patrick Graichen

German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action

State Secretary

Patrick Graichen studied Political Science and Economics in Heidelberg and Cambridge, UK, before going on to earn his doctorate at the Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental Economics at the University of Heidelberg. He began his career in public service at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, first as an officer in the Division for International Climate Protection, then as Personal Assistant to a State Secretary, and subsequently as Head of Division for Climate and Energy Policy. During this time, he played a leading role in negotiating the economic instruments of the Kyoto Protocol, the Federal Government's 2007 Integrated Energy and Climate Programme, the EU's 2008 Climate and Energy Package, and legislative procedures in the field of energy law. From 2012, Graichen was instrumental in setting up the think tank Agora Energiewende, taking on the roles of Executive Director and Managing Director from 2014 until his move to the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action. He has been a State Secretary at the ministry since 15 December 2021 and is responsible for energy and climate policy.

Sessions With Patrick Graichen

Monday, 6 March

  • 03:05pm - 03:45pm (CST) / 06/mar/2023 09:05 pm - 06/mar/2023 09:45 pm

    Shaping Energy Policy for an Uncertain World

    Energy security, transition and affordability have emerged as a guiding mantra for energy policy. Are governments and markets equipped to act on the challenge? Supply disruptions, war and fragile supply chains have put markets on edge. What role can governments play to alleviate the economic and social impacts of energy shortages and rising prices? To manage disruptions on the road to Net Zero? How should industry and financial institutions be engaged? What are the solutions for developing nations, facing the harshest ravages of climate change, as they seek to rise out of energy poverty.