Green Growth: World Bank appoints Edenhofer as an advisor

01/16/2012 - The World Bank appointed Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as a member of the advisory committee of the Green Growth Knowlegde Platform. This platform is a joint effort of the Global Green Growth Institute, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and World Bank, to identify and address major knowledge gaps in green growth theory and practice. In order to help countries design and implement policies to move towards a green economy, it brings together leading researchers and practitioners from all over the globe. The platform just held its inaugural conference in Mexico City.
Green Growth: World Bank appoints Edenhofer as an advisor
Ottmar Edenhofer. Photo: Marco Urban

“Green growth is not the magic carpet that some think it is,” Edenhofer says. “However, it is a necessary complement of international climate policy. It can help pave the way towards a sustainable world economy – which might be a rocky road.” Edenhofer is vice director and chief economist of the Potsdam Institute (PIK). In addition to this, he is co-chair of the IPCC’s working group on climate change mitigation as well as director of the Mercator Research Institute for Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). He holds a professorship at the Technical University Berlin.

The platform defines green growth as “fostering economic growth and development, while ensuring that natural assets continue to provide the resources and environmental services on which our well-being relies. It focuses on the synergies and tradeoffs between the environmental and economic pillars of sustainable development.” According to the initiators, the next five to ten years will present major opportunities to further incorporate environmental and economic sustainability considerations in, for example, the huge investments in infrastructure that will be made across the developing world.

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