Dr. Christian Kirchsteiger is responsible within the European Commission's Directorate-General Energy for nuclear development, nuclear safety and sustainability in the context of the EU's energy policy. His tasks comprise also nuclear economics in the EU long term energy policy (2050 EU Energy Roadmap), the technical aspects of new nuclear investment notifications, as well as the safety and security parts of the EU nuclear power plant "Stress Tests" and their follow-up. Dr. Kirchsteiger holds a PhD in Technical Physics and was, before joining the European Commission, working in the last 20 years in industry and research in Germany, Japan and South Africa in the areas of nuclear safety and energy systems modeling. From 1996-2002 he was employed at the European Commission's Joint Research Centre in Ispra/Italy, dealing with chemical and nuclear safety assessment in support of European Commission policy services. From 2002-2006, he was Head of Sector on comparative safety and economical assessment of nuclear and non-nuclear energy systems and infrastructures at the EC Joint Research Centre's Institute for Energy in Petten/Netherlands. In 2007, he joined the European Commission’s Directorate-General on Transport and Energy, and is now responsible as Senior Administrator for EU nuclear energy development and nuclear safety.
Biography Updated on 26 August 2012