Christian Friebe is excited about the energy transition towards zero carbon. As a mechanical engineer, he spent some time studying international business in France and India, gaining practical experience in the field of energy policy in the MENA region supported by the Bosch Foundation and completing a PhD on the market diffusion of renewable energy technologies in emerging economies. While discussing the intermediate findings of his research at the COP18 in Doha, Christian realised that many countries are closely following the energy transition in Germany. Therefore, he decided to shift his professional focus toward the German energy transition.
For nine years, he has been working at Thüga AG, an investment company that holds minority shares in more than 100 municipal utilities in Germany. As an expert in energy and climate policy, he is responsible for translating and shaping upcoming legislation for decision-makers within the network of municipal utilities. Thereby, he builds bridges between the high-level targets and measures from European and German policy-makers and the implementation of decarbonisation measures at the local level. He covers electricity, district heat and gas supplies and infrastructure.
During the last few years, Christian has specialised in the energy transition of the gas sector. He initiated and contributed to several industry initiatives for the transition of the gas distribution infrastructure and for the market uptake of biomethane and hydrogen.