Jan Kersting M.Sc.

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI


Studies of mathematics and economics at the Philipps-University Marburg (M.Sc. 2012) and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA. Master thesis on the topic of methods for the solution of the LASSO problem. Since June 2012 researcher in the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. Research on international climate cooperation, impacts of changes in fossil resource availability, and international climate initiatives.

Work focus

  • International climate cooperation
  • Game theory
  • Energy and resource markets
  • International climate initiatives


Kersting, J.; Duscha, V.; Weitzel, M. (2017): Cooperation on climate change under economic linkages - How the inclusion of macroeconomic effects affects stability of a global climate coalition. In: The Energy Journal 38(4). DOI: 10.5547/01956574.38.4.jker

Duscha, V., Kersting, J., Peterson, S., Schleich, J., Weitzel, M. (2016): Technological development of low-carbonpower technology and stability of international climate cooperation

Kersting, J. (2016): Stability of global climate cooperation under uncertainty. http://www.project-core.info/core-wAssets/docs/Stability-under-uncertainty.pdf

Graichen, J., Healy, S., Siemons, A., Höhne, N., Kuramochi, T., Gonzales-Zuniga, S., Sterl, S., Kersting, J., Wachsmuth, J. (2016): International Climate Initiatives – A way forward to close the emissions gap?Initiatives’ potential and role under the Paris Agreement.

Kersting, J. (2015): Cooperation of climate clubs.

Ancygier, A., Cantzler, J., Fekete, H., Hagemann, M., Höhne, N., Kandy, D., Kästner, A., Kersting, J., Köhne, A., Lindberg, M., Mersmann, F., Obergassel, W., Siemons, A., Schumacher, K., Wang-Helmreich, H., Wehnert, T., Eisbrenner, K. (2015): Mitigationcommitments and fair effort sharing in a new comprehensive climate agreementstarting 2020.

Kersting, J., Duscha, V., Schleich J., Keramidas, K. (2015): The impact of shale gas onthe costs of climate policy.

Plötz, P., Rohde, C., Schlomann, B., Hirzel, S., Jochem, E., Kockat, J., Reitze, F., Toro, F., Idrissova, F., Kersting, J. (2013): Rationelle Energieverwendung: Eine Literaturanalyse des Jahres 2012. In: BWK Brennstoff-Wärme-Kraft, S. 131-138.

Plötz, P., Rohde, C., Fleiter, T., Friedrichsen, N., Hirzel, S., Kersting, J., Steinhilber, S., Kockat, J., Braungardt, S., Marscheider-Weidemann, F. (2014): Rationelle Energieverwendung: Eine Literaturanalyse des Jahres 2013. In BWK Brennstoff-Wärme-Kraft, S. 124-130.


  • CORE – Game theoretic analyses on the possibility of a global climate agreement. This includes both theoretical models and numerical calculations with a computable general equilibrium model.
  • Ambition 2020 – How to increase efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the period up to 2020, with special attention to the effects of an increased use of unconventional natural gas.
  • Mitigation Post2020 – Scientific input into the negotiation process on a global climate agreement, in particular mitigation potential and ambition level for individual countries.
  • Pre2020 Initiatives – The project analyses the contribution of global, regional and national initiatives to the reduction of GHG emissions, identifies success factors and barriers, and develops recommendations for a possible integration into the UNFCCC process.