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Co-Chair of Working Group III of the IPCC - Director of MCC - Deputy Director and Chief Economist of PIK
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On the occasion of the first public presentation of the Report of IPCC's Working Group III Chair Prof. Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Co-Chair of Working Group II Chris Field, Co-Chair of Working Group III Ottmar Edenhofer as well as the German Federal Minister of Economy Sigmar Gabriel spoke at the TU Berlin. Link

Ottmar Edenhofer's latest interview in the Leibniz-Journal. pdf

Scientific advice continually gains importance for policymakers. In a broadcast by WDR prepared within the series “Tiefblick – Die Berater” Ottmar Edenhofer talks with Dagmar Lorenz about the changing role of science, the scientist as cartographer and the associated problems and challenges. Link

Ottmar Edenhofer was interviewed for the newspaper "Süddeutsche Zeitung". pdf

The article "The Climate Chairman" is now available in "Nature" - Volume 501. pdf

The paper "Economic mitigation challenges: how further delay closes the door for achieving climate targets" is now available in Environmental Research Letters. Link

The article "Wohlstand und ökologische Nachhaltigkeit – ein Widerspruch? is now available in "ifo Schnelldienst" - 15/2013 - 66. Volume. pdf

Drivers of CO2 emissions analysed by a study on Roadmaps towards Sustainable Energy futures, funded by Stiftung Mercator. pdf

The article "Düstere Aussichten" is now available in "Erneuerbare Energien- Das Magazin" - Volume 23 - 6th edition. June 2013. pdf

Cobenefits of climate policy like reduced local air pollution are no substitute for efficient policy instruments; commentary by Ottmar Edenhofer, Brigitte Knopf and Gunnar Luderer in PNAS. pdf

Ottmar Edenhofer was interviewed for the magazine "Die Akademie am Gendarmenmarkt 2013/14" edited by Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften on policy advise and mapping viable pathways about the future. pdf (German language)

The paper "Risk management and climate change" is now available in "Nature Climate Change". The "Sueddeutsche Zeitung" also reports on this paper. Link

The paper "Renewable energy subsidies: Second-best policy or fatal aberration for mitigation?" is now available from the "Resource and Energy Economics" Journal. pdf


Harvard Kennedy School


The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements has featured our publication:
Edenhofer, O., Flachsland, C., Jakob, M., Lessmann, K. (2013): The Atmosphere as a Global Commons - Challenges for International Cooperation and Governance.





Short biography

Professor Ottmar Edenhofer is Professor of the Economics of Climate Change (appointment together with the Michael Otto Stiftung) at the TU Berlin - Berlin Institute of Technology and Co-Chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is Deputy Director and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and currently leads Research Domain III - Sustainable Solutions - which is focusing on research in the field of the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilisation. In 2012 he was appointed director of the newly founded Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and supports the Science-Industry Cooperation, the Workgroup Climate, Energy and Environment within the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina as an active member, and furthermore advises the World Bank within the advisory committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform. Since 2013 he is also co-chairing the new Energy Platform by the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE).

Under his leadership, Working Group III has carried out the Special Report on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation which was published in 2011. It has been discussed widely in the public arena (Nature, NY Times, Report by Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in the UN General Assembly, BMU, BMBF, etc) and has also launched a scientific debate on the future role of renewables. Together with his Co-Chairs Ramon Pichs and Youba Sokona Professor Edenhofer has taken on the responsibility for IPCC's Working Group III which explores the options to mitigate climate change for the Fifth Assessment Report to be released in 2014. He has published articles in Science, Energy Journal, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Nature Climate Change, and many other peer-reviewed journals and authored a number of books.

Professor Ottmar Edenhofer’s research explores the impact of induced technological change on mitigation costs and mitigation strategies, as well as the design of instruments for climate and energy policy. He specializes in the Economics of Atmospheric Stabilization, Social Cost-Benefit Analysis, Sustainability Theory, Economic Growth Theory, Environmental Economics, Welfare Theory and General Intertemporal Equilibrium Theory. He leads and coordinates several externally funded research projects and was a Lead Author for the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC from 2004 until 2007. In 2005 he became a Fellow of the Hanse Institute for Advanced Study in Delmenhorst. Currently he supervises several PhD students and Master students.

Professor Ottmar Edenhofer (born 1961 in Bavaria) studied Economics and Philosophy at the University of Munich and holds a diploma in Economics from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (Prädikatsexamen) and a BA in Philosophy (“summa cum laude”) from the Munich School of Philosophy (Hochschule für Philosophie). During his studies he founded his own enterprise, and between 1991 and 1993 led a humanitarian aid organisation in Bosnia. After working as a research assistant at the Technical University Darmstadt, he wrote his Ph.D. thesis in Economics (“summa cum laude”) in 1999. He accepted the professorship at the TU Berlin in 2008.

In addition to his teaching and research, he is actively involved in public policy and in the public debate in Germany and at EU level. Until 2009 he was key climate change advisor to federal foreign minister and deputy-chancellor Frank-Walter Steinmeier. He was a member of the Advisory Board of the German Information Centre for Carbon Dioxide Technologies, IZ Klima.

Edenhofer has been interviewed by ARD and ZDF several times for their nationwide news. His interviews have been published in NATURE, DIE ZEIT, DIE WELT and Sueddeutsche Zeitung. He has written widely noted articles in FAZ and in Sueddeutsche Zeitung. His work has been highlighted in German broadcasts like Deutschlandfunk and reported on by large news agencies like Reuters and ap.


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