Christian Maaß is a co-founder and managing director at Hamburg Institut. His research and consulting focus is on policies, regulation and strategies for public institutions and commercial enterprises in sustainable energy, mobility and environmental issues.
From 2008 to the end of 2010 he was State Secretary at the Hamburg Ministry for Urban Development and Environment. In this function, he was in charge of Hamburg’s successful bid to become the European Green Capital in 2011 and he initiated the foundation of the utility Hamburg Energie. He chaired its supervisory board and, among other things, the supervisory boards of the municipal cleaning department and the water supplier.
After graduating from school in Hamburg and the USA, Maaß completed his legal training at the Universities of Hamburg and Geneva. After his first state examination, he worked as a research assistant at the Environmental Law Research Centre at the University of Hamburg. From 2001 to 2008, in addition to his work as a lawyer, Maaß was a member of the Hamburg Parliament and deputy leader of the GAL parliamentary group. He was chairman of the environmental committee of the Bürgerschaft as well as parliamentary group spokesman for energy, environment and consumer protection. Maaß is a member of the editorial board of the “Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht” and author of various publications on environmental law.
His consulting expertise:
- Strategy consulting for ministries, municipalities and NGOs
- Legislation and funding
- Transformation of district heating systems towards renewable energies
- Political communication
- Municipal energy and environmental concepts
- Innovative financial instruments for public transport