Peter Zapfel heads the European Commission’s unit “Emissions Trading System – Policy Development and Auctioning” in DG Climate Action. After joining the Commission in 1998 he worked for the DG for Economic and Financial Affairs and DG Environment. He has represented the Commission as a delegation member in several UN climate negotiation sessions. For several years he was responsible for the economic assessment of climate policy. He has been involved in the Commission’s work on emissions trading since 1998. In DG Environment he has coordinated a DG-internal task force for the Commission’s assessment of national allocation plans for phase 2 of the EU Emission Trading System. He also served as assistant to the Deputy Director-General of DG Environment and as assistant to the Director-General in DG Climate Action. Prior to his current assignment he was Head of Unit of the Economic Analysis and Strategy Unit in DG Climate Action. He holds academic degrees from the University of Business and Economics in Vienna, Austria, and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.