Birthday wishes to Ottmar Edenhofer

7/9/2021 - Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Potsam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), has received high-ranking congratulations from the federal and state governments on his 60th birthday. From Berlin, Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the State Secretary of the Federal Environment Ministry Jochen Flasbarth and others wrote to him. From Brandenburg, Ottmar Edenhofer received congratulations from Minister President Dietmar Woidke, Science Minister Manja Schüle, as well as from numerous other companions in science and politics.
Birthday wishes to Ottmar Edenhofer
Ottmar Edenhofer. Photo: David Außerhofer

"I have the highest respect for your tireless commitment as a scientist and citizen for climate protection and the energy transition," wrote Minister President Woidke in his congratulations, which were also distributed as a press release. "Together with your colleagues at PIK, you have contributed significantly to the fact that the economics of climate change and strategies for climate protection and the energy transition are now being discussed in politics, business and the public in a solution-oriented manner. As Minister President of the energy state of Brandenburg, I appreciate this and thank you very much for your advice and support. With your expertise as a scientist and your commitment to climate protection, you are a cherished Brandenburger who is a credit to our state."

Amongst the well-wishers were also economists such as Nicolas Stern from London, Rob Stavins from Harvard/USA, Hans-Werner Sinn from Munich and Christoph Schmidt from Essen, as well as stakeholders such as UNFCCC Secretary-General Patricia Espinosa and the President of the German Automotive Industry Association, Hildegard Müller. Last but not least, Bavarian cabaret artist Gerhard Polt wrote a tribute to Edenhofer, who is also from Bavaria.

Further information:

Press release by State of Brandenburg (German only):

Homepage Ottmar Edenhofer:


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