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Sebastian Rauner

PhD student
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
Telegraphenberg A56
Phone: +49 (0)331 288 2498
Postal Address
P.O. Box 60 12 03
14412 Potsdam


Sebastian Rauner studied Industrial Engineering in cooperation with major energy technology and utility companies, during which he received scholarships from the German Academic Exchange Service to study in China, Taiwan and the USA. After finishing his master thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems on energy system modelling, he started his PhD at the Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research, working on the integration of sustainability considerations. In 2016 he spent half a year as an affiliate at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the UC Berkeley to do research in the field of co-benefits of renewable based energy supply. In 2017 he joined the PIK as a PhD student to research environmental impact assessment in energy-economy-climate models.

Full CV:
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Research Interests
  • Co-benefits of climate change mitigation
  • Multi-objective modeling
  • Energy-Climate-Environment Nexus
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Selected Publications

S. Rauner, N. Bauer, A. Dirnaichner, R. Van Dingenen, C. Mutel, and G. Luderer, “Coal-exit health and environmental damage reductions outweigh economic impacts,” Nature Climate Change, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 308–312, Apr. 2020. doi: 10.1038/s41558-020-0728-x, available at

S. Rauner, J. Hilaire, D. Klein, J. Strefler, and G. Luderer, “Air quality co-benefits of ratcheting up the NDCs,” Climatic Change, Apr. 2020. doi: 10.1007/s10584-020-02699-1, available at

J. Thakur, S. Rauner, N. R. Darghouth, and B. Chakraborty, “Exploring the impact of increased solar deployment levels on residential electricity bills in India,” Renewable Energy, vol. 120, pp. 512–523, May 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.12.101.

S. Rauner and M. Budzinski, “Holistic energy system modeling combining multi-objective optimization and life cycle assessment,” Environmental Research Letters, vol. 12, no. 12, p. 124005, Dec. 2017. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa914d, available at

S. Rauner, M. Eichhorn, and D. Thrän, “The spatial dimension of the power system: Investigating hot spots of Smart Renewable Power Provision,” Applied Energy, vol. 184, pp. 1038–1050, Dec. 2016. available at

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