Jan Christian Polanía Giese
Senior Project Manager

Jan Christian Polanía Giese is a Senior Project Manager. He is responsible for the planning, conception and implementation of various research and consulting projects in the field of sustainable consumption. His area of responsibility includes the establishment and support of national networks and institutions, monitoring and indicator development as well as the effects of digitisation on consumption. At international level, Polanía Giese implements projects to increase the demand for sustainable products by developing incentives and information for consumers and establishing institutions for sustainable procurement.

He provides support for institutions like the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in implementing UN Sustainable Development Goal 12 (sustainable consumption and production patterns), in particular in monitoring and communications. As part of the implementation of the National Programme for Sustainable Consumption (NPNK), Polanía Giese helped establish the Competence Centre for Sustainable Consumption (KNK). He helped the National Network for Sustainable Consumption develop recommendations for the BMU and the UBA to promote initiatives for the common good in the digital world. In a background study, Polanía Giese developed recommendations for the further development of the German Sustainability Strategy (DNS) in terms of digitisation and consumption.

Previously, Polanía Giese worked as a project manager in the field of ecological product assessment (in particular product environmental footprint/PEF), hotspots analysis and the standardization of environmental assessment methods at the international level at the Berlin think tank THEMA 1. That work included the management of multi-stakeholder platforms for climate and environmental accounting for companies and products as well as the evaluation of carbon footprints and the development of reduction recommendations.

Polanía Giese is also an expert in product-related consumer information and, as a consultant for the One Planet Network's Consumer Information Programme, has developed the international guidelines for the provision of information on the sustainability of products. He was also a technical advisor on energy efficiency and environmental protection in the music and entertainment sector, including the EU project "Energy Efficient Music" and the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Vienna. Giese also wrote studies, reports and guidelines for clients like Deutsche Post DHL and GS1 Germany. He has worked as a guest lecturer at the Popakademie Mannheim as part of the Green Touring project workshop.

Polanía Giese is a graduate engineer for technical environmental protection (Technische Universität Berlin) with a focus on sustainability assessment and life-cycle analysis. He completed an additional degree in design thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute School of Design Thinking in Potsdam.

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