About Us

Core Team

Martin Keim – Responsible Co-Editor

Martin Keim is Head of European Energy Transition Programme at the European Union office of the Heinrich Böll Foundation in Brussels. He is responsible for all issues related to the ongoing energy transitions within Europe, including EU legislation, internal energy markets, digitalisation and external energy relations to third countries. Before joining the Heinrich Böll Foundation, he worked as a research assistant at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik (SWP) in Berlin, also known as the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, within the project “The Geopolitics of Energy Transformation”. Prior to SWP, Martin gained experience in EU energy affairs within the private sector. His main topics included renewable energies legislation, digitalization, e-mobility charging infrastructure and CO2 emission targets. Martin holds a BA in “International and European Governance” from the University of Münster, and a MA in “International and European Governance” and “Strategy, Intelligence and Risk Management” from Sciences Po Lille and the University of Münster.

Lisa Tostado – Responsible Co-Editor

Lisa Tostado has been Head of the International Climate, Trade and Agriculture Programme at the European Union office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung in Brussels since November 2019. As such, she is responsible for issues related to coherence of EU policies for sustainable development, especially with respect to their impact on developing and emerging countries. Before joining the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, she worked as a project manager in the circular economy sector in France where her main focus was reusable and recyclable food packaging. Lisa also gained experience in international development cooperation at the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) where she focused on topics related to the adaptation to climate change impacts. Lisa holds a BA in Political Sciences and Economics from the University of Mannheim and the University of Ottawa, and a MA in Environmental Policy from Sciences Po Paris and the University of Liège.

Joan Lanfranco – Communication and Social Media

Joan Lanfranco (he/him/his) has been Communication and Outreach Coordinator at the European Union, Brussels office of the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung since August 2020. He coordinates and develops the communication and outreach strategy of the Brussels office, including digital (website, social media, emailing, video, data visualisation) and hybrid solutions (contact programme, media relations, publications, events, visitors’ programme). He  curates the Twitter account of the Energiewende blog@EnergiewendeGER. Joan has over 10 years of experience in EU and international communications, advocacy and campaigns. Joan worked at the European Parliament, at the transparency watchdog VoteWatch Europe, at the International Trade Union Confederation and most recently at the pan-European communications agency GOPA Com. As freelancer, he also worked as EU reporter, campaigner and public affairs consultant. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and a Master’s degree in European Policies and Politics from the College of Europe in Bruges. He speaks fluently English, French, Spanish, Italian and Catalan, intermediate Dutch and basic German and Portuguese.

L. Michael Buchsbaum – Lead Blogger, Podcaster and Advisor

L. Michael Buchsbaum is an energy and mining journalist and industrial photographer based in Germany. Since the mid-1990s, he has covered the social, environmental, economic and political impacts of the transition from fossil fuels towards renewables for dozens of industry magazines, journals, institutions and corporate clients. Born in the U.S., he emigrated to Germany and Europe to better document the Energiewende.

Leona Schmitt – Student Assistant

Leona Schmitt assists the Energy Transition Blog Core Team since September 2021. Based in Berlin, she is responsible for publishing blog posts and drafting and distributing the Energy Transition Newsletter. Before joining the Core Team, she worked as a student assistant on circular textiles at the Institute for Ecological Economic Research (IÖW) and completed internships at the Alliance 90/The Greens Berlin section and at Klima Allianz Deutschland. She currently studies a B.Sc. in Ecology and Environmental Planning at the Technical University Berlin.

Media Development

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As a media solutions laboratory Palasthotel develops tools and designs which enable foundations, NGOs and institutions to inform, foster dialog and involve people.

About the Project and the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung

Initially conceived as an outlet to factually communicate the evolution of the German Energy Transition (Energiewende, in German) to an international audience, today’s The Energy Transition Blog continues to provide fresh content by spotlighting key components of the varied energy transitions now underway worldwide. Against the backdrop of the European Green Deal and the spiraling climate emergency, our diverse team of energy experts has increased their scope while continuously striving to inform our audience about the ever-expanding global Energy Transition.

Though still reporting on German’s unique energy transition, our aim is to provide empowering perspectives that help motivate readers to both join the conversation as well as the call for effective, sustainable and equitable solutions. Utilizing evolving mixed-media and across various social media platforms, we aim to grow our existing international target audience of energy professionals, students, activists, NGOs, teachers, university professors, students, community leaders and global policymakers, as well as a general audience interested in ecological transformation.

Within concise pieces, our Blog’s stable of authors publish easily fact-checkable, content driven pieces, that address developments with “green mobility,” as well as interrogate new technologies and review emerging debates around “solutions” and “non-solutions” technologies like hydrogen, carbon capture & sequestration and geo-engineering. Our contributors regularly report on new grassroots initiatives, shifting governmental policies, and efforts by civil society, NGOs and the citizen-led Just Transition movement to drive clean energy progress. While giving voice to on-going legal challenges to the status quo, our authors additionally focus on emerging climate and energy related data and scientific studies. Through interviews with recognized experts and analysts, contributors provide insights into the global coal and fossil methane gas phase-outs and the necessity of its success. The Global Energy Transition Podcast also contributes to the Blog’s endeavors.

The Energy Transition Blog was launched in 2012 by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung, the German green political foundation, which has a network of more than 30 foreign offices. Learn more about the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung.

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