Schlacke and Edenhofer chair steering committee of “Climate Protection Science Platform” of the Federal Government

22.11.2019 - The Federal Government assigns scientific advisors for the Climate Action Plan 2050. A steering committee consisting of representatives of outstanding research institutions control the “Climate Protection Science Platform". These representatives elected Sabine Schlacke, a lawyer from the University of Münster, and economist Ottmar Edenhofer of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change as its chairs. As the voice of science, the platform will advise the government on the implementation and further development of the German climate strategy and contribute to the achievement of climate goals. The important aspect here is that it is independent and can act on its own initiative.
Schlacke and Edenhofer chair steering committee of “Climate Protection Science Platform” of the Federal Government
Sabine Schlacke and Ottmar Edenhofer are chairs of the steering committee of “Climate Protection Science Platform”. Photos: WWU-Benedikt Weischer; photothek

The science platform will also closely monitor the implementation of the current climate package and can make suggestions for improvement at any time. The aim of the package is to reduce carbon emissions across all sectors, from electricity and transport to buildings and agriculture. Only the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions can limit risks such as extreme weather events, worldwide and in Germany, and effectively stabilise our climate. The Science Platform is primarily concerned with the evaluation of measures and recommendations for practical use.

The members of the steering committee were selected by the Federal Ministry for the Environment and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research and have a term of office of three years. Apart from Schlacke and Edenhofer the following persons have been appointed: Timo Busch, a business economist from the University of Hamburg with a focus on financial markets; sociologist Anita Engels from the University of Hamburg; mechanical engineer Holger Hanselka, President of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology; engineer Felix Matthes, Research Coordinator for Energy & Climate policy at the Öko-Institut Freiburg; the economist Karen Pittel from the University of Munich, Director of the ifo Centre for Energy, Climate and Resources; and the sociologist Ortwin Renn, Scientific Director at the Institute for Transformative Sustainability Research / Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies in Potsdam.

Weblink to science platform :