Kai Kellner is a research analyst at adelphi working in the field of climate policiy and specializing in emissions trading and market mechanisms. At the Secretariat of the International Carbon Action Partnership (ICAP), Kai conducts analyses of emissions trading systems (ETS) with a focus on North America. In different projects he also contributes to the capacity building of decision makers on the national and regional level regarding the development and implementation of emissions trading systems worldwide and conducts reports and studies on different aspects of ETS.
Prior to becoming a research analyst, Kai was a project assistant at adelphi, working in the fields of sustainability strategies in politics and the economy, 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 with a focus on textile recycling. 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.