Kai Kellner is a Consultant at adelphi working in the field of international climate policy and specializing in carbon markets and pricing. At the Secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), Kai conducts analyses of emissions trading systems (ETS) with a focus on North America and Europe and conducts reports and studies on different technical aspects and design elements of ETS. A focus of his work is currently on ETS and their contribution to net-zero emissions targets. In different projects for adelphi he also contributes to the capacity building of decision makers on the national and regional level regarding the development and implementation of ETS worldwide.
Prior to becoming a consultant and research analyst in the field of international climate policy, Kai was a project assistant at adelphi, working in the fields of sustainability strategies, green economy and environmental management. He developed practical components for small and medium-sized enterprises to establish sustainable supply chains and oversaw the helpdesk of the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS). Before he started working for adelphi Kai held a position at the corporate social responsibility consultancy Systain Consulting GmbH, where he worked on the subject of sustainable supply chains. While at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) he worked in the division “Environment, Transport and Electric Mobility” analysing digitalisation in the transport sector from a climate policy perspective.
Kai holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Management from the University of Potsdam. During his studies he specialised in environmental politics and climate policy. His master thesis was on climate friendly public procurement. During his semester abroad at Clarkson University in New York State, USA, he took part in the graduate program Environmental Politics and Governance, focussing on international climate policy and industrial ecology. Kai completed his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration with a focus on European Studies at the University of Münster, Germany, and the University of Twente, Enschede, the Netherlands.