Dr. Vicki Duscha

Fraunhofer Institute for
Systems and Innovation Research ISI

Coordinator of Business Unit Climate Policy


Studies of mathematics and economics at the Technical University of Dortmund. 2006-2007 diploma thesis at the Kiel Institute for the World Economy. Since January 2008 she has been a researcher in the Competence Center Energy Policy and Energy Markets (previously: Energy Policy and Energy Systems) at the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI. From 2008-2012 she was also an external doctoral candidate under the supervision of Professor Ehrhart at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) writing her thesis on „No-lose targets as an option to integrate non-Annex I countries in global emission reduction efforts – A game-theoretical analysis“.

Work focus

  • Design, further development and evaluation of the EU emission trading scheme.

  • Alternative emission trading concepts, e.g. upstream approaches or personal carbon trading models and their implementation

  • Instruments to integrate non-Annex I countries in international emission abatement efforts, e.g. no-lose targets, sectoral approaches or a new market-based mechanism 

  • Design of international climate agreements post-2012, especially reduction targets for industrial and developing countries and flexible mechanisms


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  

Vicki Duscha, Jakob Wachsmuth, Lena Donat (2017): Analysis of selected climate protection scenarios for European countries. Hg. v. Umweltbundesamt (UBA). Fraunhofer Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (Fraunhofer ISI). Dessau-Roßlau.

Duscha, Vicki; del Río, Pablo (2017): An economic analysis of the interactions between renewable support and other climate and energy policies. In: Special Issue Energy & Environment 28 (1-2), S. 11–33.

Duscha, V., Fougeyrollas, A., Nathani, C., Pfaff, M., Ragwitz, M., Resch, G., Schade, W., Breitschopf, B., Walz, R. (2016): Renewable energy deployment in Europe up to 2030 and the aim of a triple dividend. Energy Policy 95, August 2016, p. 314-323.

Duscha, V. and Ehrhart, K.-M. (2016): Incentives and Effects of No-Lose Targets to Include Non-Annex I Countries in Global Emission Reductions. Environmental and Resource Economics, (2016), 1-27, http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10640-016-0015-5

Hagemann, M.; Fekete, H.; Höhne, N.; Schmole, H.; Vieweg, M.; Sterk, W.; Duscha, V.; Hare, B.; Lindberg, M.; Rocha, M.; Cames, M. (2014): Squaring the Circle of Mitigation Adequacy and Equity: Options and Perspectives. Climate Change (15) 2014.

Duscha, V.; Schumacher, K.; Schleich, J.; Buisson, P. (2013): Costs of meeting international climate targets without nuclear power. Climate Policy.

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

Duscha, V. (2014): Personal Carbon Trading Systeme: Konzepte und Schlussfolgerungen für Deutschland. Kurzanalyse im Rahmen des Arbeitspaket 3 des UFOPLAN-Vorhabens „Ausweitung des Emissionshandels auf neue Sektoren und Kleinemittenten (z.B. Gebäudebereich)“. http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/publikationen/personal-carbon-trading-systeme-konzepte

Hermann, H.; Cludius, J.; Förster, H.; Matthes, F. C.; Schumacher, K.; Buchholz, G.; Behnisch, M.; Berman, J.; Vicki Duscha, V.; Hans Marth, H. (2014): Ausweitung des Emissionshandels auf Kleinemittenten im Gebäude- und Verkehrssektor. Gestaltung und Konzepte für einen Policy mix.http://www.umweltbundesamt.de/publikationen/ausweitung-des-emissionshandels-auf-kleinemittenten

Duscha, V. (2012): No-lose targets as an option to integrate non-Annex I countries in global emission reduction efforts. Fraunhofer Verlag, Oktober 2012.

Peterson, E., Schleich, J. and Duscha, V. (2011): Environmental and economic effects of the Copenhagen pledges and more ambitious emission reduction targets. Energy Policy 39 (2011), p. 3697-3708.

Duscha, V., Graichen, J., Healy, S., Schleich, J. and Schumacher, K. (2010). Post-2012 climate regime – How industrial and developing nations can help to reduce emissions – assessing emission trends, reduction potentials, incentive systems and negotiation options. Climate Change 02/2010. Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Roßlau.

Graichen, V., Schumacher, K., Matthes, F., Mohr, L., Duscha, V., Schleich, J., Diekmann, J. (2008). Impacts of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme on the industrial competitiveness in Germany. Climate Change 10/2008. Umweltbundesamt, Dessau-Roßlau.

Rickels, W., Duscha, V., Keller, A., Peterson, S. (2007).  The determinants of allowance prices in the European Emissions Trading Scheme - Can we expect an efficient allowance market 2008? Kiel Working Paper, 1387, Institut für Weltwirtschaft, Kiel, 26 pp.