Olaf Scholz visits Potsdam Institute

09/03/2021 – Olaf Scholz visited the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) this week, and he did so in two different capacities. In his capacity as Federal Minister of Finance, he met with climate economist and PIK Director Ottmar Edenhofer for an exchange on climate policy. In his capacity as Social Democratic Party candidate for the office of German chancellor, he did a video interview with WWF, for which he had chosen the Institute as venue.
Olaf Scholz visits Potsdam Institute
PIK Director Ottmar Edenhofer and Olaf Scholz, Federal Minister of Finance. Photo: Marlene Gawrisch

The topics of the professional exchange were international politics, such as the concept of a climate club of the major economies and emitters of greenhouse gases. European policy, in particular the second European emissions trading scheme, which has been discussed by the scientific community for some time and has now been proposed by the EU Commission; it includes the transport and building heat sectors. National policies were also discussed, not least the expansion of renewable energies for a comprehensive electrification of our economy.

Scientists at the Potsdam Institute make their expertise available to policy-makers and society in a number of ways, and they address all democratic parties. The next federal government will have to face the challenges of the climate crisis, regardless of how it is composed.


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