Prof. Dr. Joachim Schleich

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI


Economics programs completed at the Universities of Mannheim (Diploma) and at the University of Florida in Gainesville (Master). PhD in Applied Economics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech University) in Blacksburg. 

Employed at Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (Fraunhofer ISI) since 1998 in acquisition, research and project management, first in the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Systems as well as in the Competence Center Sustainability and Infrastructure Systems, since January 2012 in the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets. Leader of business unit Energy and Climate Policy until 2011.

Since 2004 Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech. Since 2011 also Professor of Energy Economics at Grenoble Ecole de Management, France, where he is head of the Energy Management Research Team.

Member of editorial board of the journal "Energy Efficiency".

Work focus

National and international environmental and energy policy


The Social Dimension of the Rebound-Effect (BMBF)

Social, ecological and economic dimensions of a sustainable energy use in residential buildings (BMBF)

Cooperative regimes for future climate policy (BMBF)

The Relevance of Voluntary Efforts and Fairness Preferences for the Success of International Climate Policy: A Theoretical and Empirical Analysis at the Individual Level (BMBF)


Schleich, J.; Walz, R.; Ragwitz, M. (2017): Effects of policies on patenting in wind-power technologies. Energy Policy, 108, 684–695. doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2017.06.043  

Schleich, Joachim; Faure, Corinne; Klobasa, Marian (2017): Persistence of the effects of providing feedback alongside smart metering devices on household electricity demand. In: Energy Policy 107, S. 225–233. DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2017.05.002  

Duscha, V., Kersting, J., Keramidas, K., Schleich, J. (2017): The impact of shale gas on the costs of climate policy, Climate Policy, forthcoming.

Olsthoorn, M., Schleich, J., Hirzel, S. (2017): Adoption of energyefficiency measures for non-residential buildings: technological andorganizational heterogeneity in the trade, commerce and services sector. Ecological Economics 136, 240-254.

Schleich, J.; Faure, C. (2017): Explaining citizens’perceptions of international climate-policy relevance. Energy Policy 103, 62–71.

Schleich, J., Gassmann, X., Faure, C. Meissner, T. (2016): Making theImplicit Explicit: A Look inside the Implicit Discount Rate. Energy Policy 97, 321-331.

Gandenberger, C., Bodenheimer, M., Schleich, J. Orzanna, R., Macht, L. (2016):Factors driving international technology transfer: empirical insightsfrom a CDM project survey. Climate Policy, 16(8), 1065-1084.

Mo, J., Schleich, J., Zhu L., Fan, Y. (2015): Delaying the introductionof emissions trading systems - Implications for power plant investment andoperation from a multi-stage decision model. Energy Economics 52, Part B: 255-264.

Olsthoorn, M.; Schleich, J.; Klobasa, M. (2015):Exploring barriers tocompany adoption of load shift. Energy Policy 76 (1), 32-42.

Schlomann, B.; Schleich, J. (2015): Adoption of low-cost energyefficiency measures in the tertiary sector - an empirical analysis based onenergy survey data. Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews 43, 1127-1133.

Verbruggen, A. ...., Schleich J. (2015): Europe’s electricity regime:restoration or thorough transition. International Journal of Sustainable Energy Planning and Management 5, 57-68.

Duscha, V.; Schumacher, K., Schleich, J. und Buisson, P. (2014): Costs of meeting international climate targets without nuclear power. Climate Policy 14 (3), 327-352.

Mills, B. und Schleich, J. (2014): Household Transitions to Energy Efficient Lighting. Energy Economics.

Schleich, J., Dütschke, E., Schwirplies, C., Ziegler, A. (2016): Citizens’ perceptions of justice in international climate policy– an empirical analysis. Climate Policy. forthcoming.

Schleich, J., Mills, B. und Dütschke, E. (2014): A Brighter Future? Quantifying the Rebound Effect in Energy Efficient Lighting. Energy Policy 72, 35-42.

Duscha, V. und Schleich, J. (2013): Can no-lose targets contribute to a 2°C target? Climate Policy 13 (3), 305–327.

Schleich, J., Klobasa, M., Gölz, S. und Brunner, M. (2013): Effects of feedback on residential electricity demand - Findings from a field trial in Austria. Energy Policy 61, 1097–1106.

Arens, M., Schleich, J. and Worrell, E. (2012): Energy IntensityDevelopment of the German Iron and Steel Industry between 1991 and 2007. Energy 45, 786-797.

Fleiter, T., Schleich, J. und Ravivanpong, P. (2012): Adoption of energy-efficiency measures in SMEs – An empirical analysis based on energy audit data from Germany. Energy Policy 51, 863-875.

Mills, B. und Schleich, J. (2012): Residential Energy-Efficient Technology Adoption, Energy Conservation, Knowledge, and Attitudes: An Analysis of European Countries. Energy Policy 49, 616–628.

Mills, B. und Schleich, J. (2010): Why Don't Households See the Light? Explaining the Diffusion of Compact Fluorescent Lamps. Resource and Energy Economics 32 (3), 363-378.

Schleich, J. (2009): Barriers to energy efficiency: A comparison across the German commercial and services sector. Ecological Economics 68, 2150-2159.

Schleich, J. und Hillenbrand, T. (2009): Determinants of Residential Water Demand in Germany. Ecological Economics 68, 1756-1769.

Schleich. J. und Gruber, E. (2008): Beyond case studies: Barriers to energy efficiency in commerce and the services sectors. Energy Economics 30, 449-464.