Kirsten Westphal

Dr. Kirsten Westphal is a senior associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), where she conducts research on energy policy issues. Westphal heads the Geopolitics of Energy Transformation project, which is funded by the German Federal Foreign Office.

Why a Focus on Green Hydrogen Is a Mistake

May 12, 2021

Great expectations are placed on hydrogen as an energy carrier. In the future, the climate-neutral molecule will replace fossil fuels in applications where direct electrification is impossible or too expensive. This enables effective climate protection in energy-intensive industries, heavy transport, aviation and shipping. At the same time, industrial policy and...

Nord Stream 2: Leverage Against Russia?

September 16, 2020

Following the poisoning of the Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent from the Novichok group, the possibility of using Nord Stream 2 to put pressure on Russia has been widely discussed. Specifically, there are calls to abandon the project, to impose a moratorium or to block gas...