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Klimawandel und weltweite Armut
Title: Klimawandel und weltweite Armut: Klimapolitik als Baustein einer gerechten Globalisierung und nachhaltigen Armutsbekämpfung
Duration: June 2007 - May 2010
Budget: 520.000 € funded by Misereor and MunichRe Foundation


Title: Akteurshandeln und langfristige Investitionsentscheidungen im Klimaschutz
Duration: March 2007 - February 2010
Budget: 550.000 € funded by BMBF

Description: The project aims at exploring the impact of long-term investment decisions on mitigation costs and mitigation strategies. Within this project investment decisions are analyzed at three levels. At the first level, stylized facts of investment decisions within the electricity market will be explored and validated. At a second level, an electricity market model will be designed in order to reproduce the stylized facts of the electricity market model. Based insights of behavior economics, the impact formation of long-term expectations on the choice of technologies will be assessed in this type of a partial equilibrium model. At a third level, these insights of technological choice will be incorporated in the model REMIND comprising an energy system model and a growth model. It will be used to explore the impacts of expectation formation on mitigation costs and mitigation strategies. Within stakeholder dialogues the model results will be used for checking the plausibility of the results and for further refinements.

Globaler CO2 Markt
Title: Wege zu einem globalen CO2 Markt (led by Ottmar Edenhofer)
Duration: December 2006 until February 2007
Budget: 20.000 € funded by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany

Description: The project investigates barriers and opportunities for establishing a global carbon market by linking future emission trading schemes to the European Emission Trading Scheme (EU ETS). Applying an explorative model comprising international trade it explores the economics of linking emission trading schemes. Crucial design issues and institutional aspects of linkages are analyzed as well as the possibilities of linking the EU ETS to emerging regional emission trading schemes in the USA.

adam logoADAM (Work package Mitigation 2 (WP M2, P3a, P3c))
Title: ADAM - Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies: Supporting European Climate Policy
Duration: March 2006 until February 2009 (3 years)
Budget: 700.000 € (for Work packages M2, P3a & P3c only) funded by EU, 6th Framework Programme

Description: ADAM is an international project with 26 partner institutes involved. It is coordinated by the Tyndall Centre in Norwich, UK, and funded under the 6th Framework Programme of the European Commission. ADAM will lead to a better understanding of the trade-offs and conflicts that exist between adaptation and mitigation policies. It will support EU policy development in the next stage of the development of the Kyoto Protocol and will support the emergence of new adaptation strategies for Europe. Work Package M2 (Mitigation at the Global Level) is one of 7 work packages within ADAM and is led by Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer. It aims at assessing the mitigation options of post-2012 EU and global climate policies. ADAM at PIK

Title: What poor information can tell.
Duration: Juni 2006 until Mai 2009
Budget: 210.000 €

Description: Marie-Curie Outgoing International Fellowship supporting Dr. Elmar Kriegler, Pittsburgh, USA, and PIK.

Title: Cost-efficient Climate Stabilisation (led by Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer)
Duration: July 2005 until April 2007
Budget: 150.210 € funded by Umweltbundesamt

Description: The Project aims at providing scientific support in answering the question of whether the 2°C climate goal, adopted by the EU, can be met at moderate costs. This analysis has to be answered by implementing model analysis based on an extended version of the multi-region model REMIND. Recently discussed proposals of international burden sharing and emissions trading regimes shall be taken into account as well as advanced methods in modeling technological change, capital transfers and foreign investments.

Title: Renewable energy technologies, carbon capturing and sequestration
Duration: October 2004 until September 2006
Budget: 33.904 € funded by BMU. The project was led by Dr. Manfred Fischedick.

Description: This project structurally compares renewable energy technologies (RE) with carbon capturing and sequestration (CCS). It evaluates the costs, the benefits and the risks of CCS at the national and international scale. The project is led by the Wuppertal Institute and funded by the BMU. SPARK contributes to the analysis of the role of CCS in international climate policies.
The report can be found here.

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Title: Economic and Technological Dimensions of Stabilising the Atmospheric Greenhouse Gas Concentration
Duration: August 2004 until December 2005
Budget: 50.000 € overall (30.000 € for PIK) funded by Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit (BMU)

Description: This project represented an international model comparison study. The major target was to demonstrate the impact of endogenous and induced technological change on climate change mitigation costs. Results of this project are fed into the IPCC reporting process. Moreover, a Special Issue of "The Energy Journal" was published.

Ocean Sequestration

Title: Ocean sequestration of CO2 and the transformation of the energy system (led by Ottmar Edenhofer and Hermann Held)
Duration: May 2003 until October 2006 (3.5 years)
Budget: 661.000 € funded by Volkswagenstiftung

Description: The project aims at a cost-effectiveness analysis of greenhouse gas emission mitigation options. As a key tool, a model of endogenous economic growth is used that represents the effects of investment decisions on technological change. The results of our analysis shall be robust under parameter uncertainty. Moreover, by semi-qualitative arguments it will be assessed whether ocean sequestration shall be part of the mitigation portfolio comprising 'improvement of energy efficiency', 'renewable sources' and 'carbon sequestration in geological formations and - contingently - the deep ocean'.

Title: EUROPA - Modelling, Reflecting and Communicating Possible Futures of Europe in the Context of Global Change (led by Carlo Jaeger and Ottmar Edenhofer)
Duration: October 2000 until September 2005
Budget: 1.970.046 € funded by BMBF

Description: The project aimed at answering the question of what can be learned from Europe in the context of global environmental change with respect to the micro-macro problem. In pursuing this aim, the global dynamics of energy systems, life-styles, adaptation capacities as well as insurance and finance markets have been analysed. The project qualified the long-term goal of keeping the mean global warming below 2°C and presented strategies to achieve this goal. Successful short-term and long-term strategies were identified based on innovative solutions of the micro- macro problem for systems of interdependent markets. Results of the project have been used in European and German climate policy in helping to design realistic policies for successively overcoming the climate change problem. Dr. Edenhofer was responsible for modeling mitigation strategies within this project. He led the research group "Transformation of the Energy System" which comprised three full-time researchers.

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In March 2006 Ottmar Edenhofer organised the Workshop "Low Stabilisation Scenarios" at PIK.
Over 50 scientists and stakeholders from various organisations reported on the latest research in climate research.