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Brigitte Knopf

 

Please note my new affiliation as Secretary General at the Mercator Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC)

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Research interests

  • The transformation of the German energy system 
  • Energy Strategies for Europe and Germany
  • Science - Policy interface, Assessment philosophy
  • Integrated assessment of climate change
  • Climate change and justice
  • Climate Change and Development

 

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Publications

2014

peer-reviewed:

  • IPCC (2014): Climate Change 2014: Mitigation of Climate Change. Contribution of Working Group III to the Fifth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change [Edenhofer, O., R. Pichs-Madruga, Y. Sokona, E. Farahani, S. Kadner, K. Seyboth, A. Adler, I. Baum, S. Brunner, P. Eickemeier, B. Kriemann, J. Savolainen, S. Schlömer, C. von Stechow, T. Zwickel and J.C. Minx (eds.)]. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA. (contributing author in chp 14). link
  • Euro-CASE Policy Position Paper: Reform Options for the European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), (contributing author), link

  • Knopf, B., M. Pahle, H. Kondziella, F. Joas, O. Edenhofer, Th. Bruckner. Germany’s Nuclear Phase-out: Sensitivities and Impacts on Electricity Prices and CO2 Emissions. EEEP, 2014, Vol 3, No 1,
    http://dx.doi.org/10.5547/2160-5890.3.1.bkno, pdf
  • Creutzig, F., J. C. Goldschmidt, P. Lehmann, E. Schmid, F. v. Bluecher, C. Breyer, B. Fernandez, M. Jakob, B. Knopf, S. Lohrey, T. Susca, K. Wiegandt. Catching two European Birds with one renewables stone: Mitigating climate change and Eurozone crisis by an energy transition. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 38, p. 1015–1028, DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2014.07.028, pdf

  • Schwanitz, J., T. Longden, B. Knopf, P. Capros. The implications of initiating immediate climate change mitigation - A review of pioneering with the EU Roadmap. Technological Forecasting & Social Change, DOI: 10.1016/j.techfore.2014.01.003, link

working papers and online articles:

  • Knopf, B., N.T. Koch, G. Grosjean, S. Fuss, C. Flachsland, M. Pahle, M. Jakob and O. Edenhofer (2014), The European Emissions Trading System (EU ETS): ex-post analysis, the market stability reserve and options for a comprehensive reform, Nota di Lavoro 79.2014, Milan, Italy: Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei. link
  • Schmid, E., B. Knopf. Quantifying the Long-Term Economic Benefits of European Electricity System Integration, FEEM working paper, Nota di Lavoro 2014.003 link
  • Nahmmacher, P., Schmid, E., Hirth, L., Knopf, B. Carpe diem: A novel approach to select representative days for long-term power system models with high shares of renewable energy sources. working paper, pdf
  • Knopf, B., O. Geden A warning from the IPCC: The EU's 2030 climate target cannot be set by science alone. EnergyPost, 26 June 2014, link
  • Knopf, B. You cannot compare apples with climate policies: why there is no modelgate in Brussels. EnergyPost, 6. May 2014, link
  • Pahle, M., O. Tietjen, F. Joas, B. Knopf. Erneuerbare Förderinstrumente und Risiken: Eine ökonomische Aufarbeitung der Debatte zur EEG Reform, working paper, pdf

other:

  • Knopf, B. The German Energiewende and climate change mitigation - The only game in town or only a green dream? Talk at the Australian-German College of Climate and Energy Transitions, 30 April 2014, pdf
  • Knopf, B., S. Fischer. EU Klimaziele - Neustart für den Ökostrom. ZEIT online, 3.3.2014, link
  • NEWS: Press release of the model comparison on scenarios for transforming the European energy system, coordinated by Brigitte Knopf. Europe could cut emissions by 40% at moderate costs


2013

peer-reviewed:

  • Weyant, J., B. Knopf, E. de Cian, I. Keppo, D. van Vuuren (Eds). Introduction to the EMF28 study on scenarios for transforming the European energy system. Special Issue in Climate Change Economics, Vol 4, supp01, link
  • Edenhofer, O., Hirth, L., Knopf, B., Pahle, M., Schloemer, S., Schmid, E., Ueckerdt, F. On the Economics of Renewable Energy Sources, Energy Economics, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2013.09.015
  • Schmid, E., M. Pahle, B. Knopf. Renewable Electricity Generation in Germany: A Meta-Analysis of Mitigation Scenarios. Energy Policy, 61, p. 1151–1163, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2013.06.105
  • Edenhofer, O., Knopf, B., Luderer, G. (2013): Reaping the benefits of renewables in a nonoptimal world. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences PNAS (DOI:10.1073/pnas.1310754110), link
  • Knopf, Brigitte; Yen-Heng Henry Chen, Enrica De Cian, Hannah Förster, Amit Kanudia, Ioanna Karkatsouli, Ilkka Keppo , Tiina Koljonen, Katja Schumacher, Detlef P. van Vuuren. Beyond 2020 - Strategies and costs for transforming the European energy system. Climate Change Economics, Vol 4, supp01, DOI: 10.1142/S2010007813400010, pdf
  • Knopf, Brigitte; Bjorn Bakken, Samuel Carrara, Amit Kanudia, Ilkka Keppo, Tiina Koljonen, Silvana Mima, Eva Schmid, Detlef van Vuuren. Transforming the European energy system: Member States' prospects within the EU framework. Climate Change Economics, Vol 4, supp01, DOI: 10.1142/S2010007813400058, pdf

working papers and online articles

other

  • Geden, Oliver; Brigitte Knopf. Wer zu spät kommt, den bestraft... Beitrag auf Energlobe zum EU Grünbuch 2030, link
  • Geden, Oliver; Brigitte Knopf. Die Brüsseler Gefahr. Artikel in der taz zum EU Green paper, 28. April 2013 link

2012

  • Pahle, M., B. Knopf, O. Edenhofer. Die deutsche Energiewende: gesellschaftliches Experiment und sozialer Lernprozess. GAIA 21/4 (2012): 284 – 287, pdf
  • Pahle, M., B. Knopf, E. Schmid, O. Tietjen. Kosten des Ausbaus erneuerbarer Energien: Eine Metaanalyse von Szenarien. Climate Change 23/2012, link
  • Schmid, E., B. Knopf. Ambitious Mitigation Scenarios for Germany: A Participatory Approach. Energy Policy. link (previous version available as pdf)
  • Edenhofer, O., B. Knopf. Mit gutem Beispiel voran. FAZ Verlagsbeilage zur Zukunft der Energiemärkte. 27. Juni 2012, link
  • Edenhofer, O.; Wallacher, J.; Lotze-Campen, H.; Reder, M.; Knopf, B.; Müller, J. (Eds.): Climate Change, Justice and Sustainability – Linking Climate and Development Policy. Springer, June 2012, ISBN 978-94-007-4539-1 link to press release, weblink to the book

  • Knopf, B., M. Kowarsch, O. Edenhofer, G. Luderer. Climate Change Mitigation: Options, Costs and Risks. In: Edenhofer et al. (Eds.): Climate Change, Justice and Sustainability – Linking Climate and Development Policy. Springer, 2012 link (available on request)
  • Knopf, B., M. Kowarsch, Ch. Flachsland, O. Edenhofer (with contribution from M. Hulme and C. Leggewie and D. Messner). The 2°C target reconsidered. In: Edenhofer et al. (Eds.): Climate Change, Justice and Sustainability – Linking Climate and Development Policy. Springer, 2012 pdf
  • Knopf, B., M. Kowarsch, M. Lüken, O. Edenhofer, G. Luderer (2012). A global carbon market and the allocation of emission rights. In: Edenhofer, O. et al. (Eds.): Climate Change, Justice and Sustainability – Linking Climate and Development Policy. Springer, June 2012, pdf
  • Knopf, B., M. Pahle, O. Edenhofer. Die Energiewende hängt vom Strompreis ab – aber noch fehlt eine robuste Energiestrategie, Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen 06/2012, pdf
  • Edenhofer, O., B. Knopf, G. Luderer. Die Gretchenfrage des Klimaschutzes: "Nun sag, wie hast Du's mit dem Eigentum?". In: Müller, Th. (Eds) 20 Jahre Recht der Erneuerbaren Energien, Nomos Verlag, pdf
  • Knopf, B., H. Kondziella, M. Pahle, M. Götz, T. Bruckner, O. Edenhofer. La sortie du nucléaire en Allemagne: scénarios de politique énergétique. IFRI, Note du Cerfa No 93, link
  • Schmid, E., B. Knopf, N. Bauer. REMIND-D: a hybrid energy-economy model of Germany, FEEM working paper, Nota di Lavoro 2012.009, pdf 
  • Schmid, E., B. Knopf. Ambitious Mitigation Scenarios for Germany: A Participatory Approach. accepted by Energy Policy. pdf
  • Schmid, E., B. Knopf, M. Fink, St. La Branche. Social Acceptance in Quantitative Low Carbon Scenarios. In: Renn, O. Reichel, A., Bauer, J. (Eds), Civil Society for Sustainability - A Guidebook for connecting Science and Society, Europäischer Hochschulverlag, Bremen pdf

 

2011

  • Knopf, B., M. Pahle, O. Edenhofer. Die Kosten des Atomausstiegs und die Herausforderungen der Energiewende, Neue Gesellschaft / Frankfurter Hefte 12/2011, pdf
  • Edenhofer, O., B. Knopf. Experiment Atomausstieg. Artikel in der ZEIT vom 28.7.2011 link
  • Knopf, B., H. Kondziella, M. Pahle, M. Götz, T. Bruckner, O. Edenhofer. Der Einstieg in den Ausstieg: Energiepolitische Szenarien für einen Atomausstieg in Deutschland. WISO Diskurs, Juni 2011,  Langfassung; Kurzfassung
  • Knopf, B., H. Kondziella, M. Pahle, M. Götz, T. Bruckner, O. Edenhofer. Scenarios for Phasing Out Nuclear Energy in Germany. WISO Diskurs, link
  • Lüken, M., O. Edenhofer, B. Knopf, G. Luderer, N. Bauer. The Role of Technological Availability for the Distributive Impacts of Climate Change Mitigation Policy. Energy Policy, 2011, Volume 39, Issue 10, October 2011, Pages 6030-6039, pdf
  • Knopf, B. Achieving low CO2 stabilisation levels: technological and economic feasibility. In: K. Richardson, W. Steffen, D. Livermann: Climate Change:  Global Risks, Challenges and Decisions, CUP, Feb. 2011. link

  • Knopf, B., G. Luderer, O. Edenhofer. Exploring the feasibility of low stabilization targets. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews of Climate Change, 2 (4), 2011, pdf
  • Knopf, B. Brauchen wir Atomstrom für den Klimaschutz? Blog Beitrag auf Klimalounge  link

2010

  • Knopf, B. Die Laufzeitverlängerung: mehr Wachstum, geringe Importrisiken, niedrige Strompreise - oder doch nicht? Blog Beitrag zum Energiegutachten für ein Energiekonzept der Bundesregierung link

  • Knopf, B., M. Kowarsch, O. Edenhofer (2010). Das 2°C-Ziel – mehr als ein fauler Kompromiss. In: Edenhofer, Wallacher, Reder, Lotze-Campen (Hrsg): Global aber gerecht: Klimawandel bekämpfen – Entwicklung ermöglichen, Beck Verlag

  • Knopf, B., M. Kowarsch, O. Edenhofer (2010). Vermeidung des Klimawandels: Optionen und Kosten. In: Edenhofer, Wallacher, Reder, Lotze-Campen (Hrsg): Global aber gerecht: Klimawandel bekämpfen – Entwicklung ermöglichen, Beck Verlag

  • Knopf, B., M. Kowarsch, M. Lüken, S. Brunner, O. Edenhofer (2010). Begrenzung, Verteilung und Handel von CO2-Emissionsrechten. In: Edenhofer, Wallacher, Reder, Lotze-Campen (Hrsg):  Global aber gerecht: Klimawandel bekämpfen – Entwicklung ermöglichen, Beck Verlag

  • Edenhofer, O., Knopf, B., Luderer, G. (2010) From Utopia to Common Sense: The Climate Mitigation Challenge. In Cerdá, E. and Labandeira, X. (Eds) (2010) Climate Change Policies. Global Challenges and Future Prospects, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (UK).
  • Edenhofer, O., Knopf, B., Leimbach, M., Bauer, N. (Eds) The Economics of Low Stabilization, The Energy Journal, Volume 31 (Special Issue 1), 2010
  • Edenhofer, O., Knopf, B., Barker, T., Baumstark, L., Bellevrat, E., Chateau, B., Criqui, P., Isaac, M., Kitous, A., Kypreos, S., Leimbach, M., Lessmann, K., Magné, B., Scrieciu, S., Turton, H., van Vuuren, D.P. (2010): The economics of low stabili­zation: model comparison of mitigation strategies and costs. The Energy Journal, Volume 31 (Special Issue 1). The Economics of Low Stabilization, 2010
  • Knopf, B., Edenhofer, O., Flachsland, Chr., Kok, M.T.J., Lotze-Campen, H., Luderer, G., Popp, A. van Vuuren, D.P. (2010): Managing the low-carbon transition – from model results to policies. The Energy Journal, Volume 31 (Special Issue 1). The Economics of Low Stabilization, 2010
  • Popp A., Lotze-Campen, H., Leimbach M., Knopf B.,  Beringer, T., Bauer N., Bodirsky B. (2010). On sustainability of bio-energy production: integrating co-emissions from agricultural intensification. Biomass & Bioenergy, link
  • Edenhofer, O., B. Knopf, G. Luderer, J. Steckel, T. Bruckner (2010) More heat than light? On the economics of decarbonization. In: Rübbleke, D. (Ed.). Sustainable Energy. London, Routledge Publishers, in press
  • Flachsland, C., G. Luderer, J. Steckel, B. Knopf, O. Edenhofer (2010). International Emissions Trading and the Global Deal. Contribution to the "Research and Forum on Economics of Climate Change - Towards a Low-Carbon Economy in China. Earthscan, in press

 

2009

 

  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Brigitte Knopf, Gunnar Luderer. Weltklimagipfel in Kopenhagen: Notwendige Eckpfeiler für eine neue Architektur. ifo Schnelldienst, 19/2009 pdf 
  • Edenhofer, O., Knopf, B. und Luderer, G. (2009): Globale Klimapolitik jenseits harmloser Utopien, Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter 4/2009, Österreich.  pdf
  • Knopf, B., O. Edenhofer, T. Barker, N. Bauer, L. Baumstark, B. Chateau, P. Criqui, A. Held, M. Isaac, M. Jakob, E. Jochem, A. Kitous, S. Kypreos, M. Leimbach, B. Magné, S. Mima, W. Schade, S. Scrieciu, H. Turton, D. van Vuuren
    The economics of low stabilisation: implications for technological change and policy
    In M. Hulme, H. Neufeldt (Eds) Making climate change work for us - ADAM synthesis book, Cambridge University Press pdf
  • Lüken, M.; Bauer, N.; Knopf, B.; Leimbach, M.; Luderer, G.; Edenhofer, O. (2009): The role of technological flexibility for the distributive impacts of climate change mitigation policy. Paper presented at the International Energy Workshop, May 28, 2009, Venice, Italy.link
  • H. Neufeldt, D. P. van Vuuren, M. Isaac, B. Knopf, O. Edenhofer, W. Schade, E. Jochem, F. Berkhout
    Reaching the 2°C Target: Technological Requirements, Economic Costs and Policies
    CEPS policy brief, No 188, 15 May 2009link
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Brigitte Knopf, Matthias Kalkuhl
    CCS: Ein wirksamer Beitrag zum Klimaschutz?
    ifo Schnelldienst, 3/2009, pdf

 

2008

 

  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Gunnar Luderer, Christian Flachsland, Hans-Martin Füssel (and Alex Popp, Georg Feulner, Brigitte Knopf, Hermann Held)
    A Global Contract on Climate Change
    Policy Paper prepared for the Conference `A Global Contract based on Climate Justice: The Need for a New Approach Concerning International Relations´, 11/2008 pdf
  • B. Knopf, O. Edenhofer, T. Barker, H. Turton, S. Scrieciu, M. Leimbach, L. Baumstark, A. Kitous
    Report on first assessment of low stabilisation scenarios
    Report on EU Project ADAM, July 2008 pdf 
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Brigitte Knopf, Jan Steckel, Gunnar Luderer
    The Honest Broker - Stuck Half Way Through
    Background paper and comment on Pielke et al. in Nature, 2008, pdf
  • O. Edenhofer, B. Knopf, G. Luderer, B. Hare
    Climate policies will stimulate technology development
    Nature 453, 155 (8 May 2008) | doi:10.1038/453155b
    http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v453/n7192/full/453155b.html
  • Brigitte Knopf, Kirsten Zickfeld, Michael Flechsig, Vladimir Petoukhov
    Sensitivity of the Indian Monsoon to human activities
    Advances in Atmospheric Sciences, 25 (6), 932-945, 2008, pdf

 

before 2008

 

  • Brigitte Knopf, Hermann Held and Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber
    Forced versus Coupled Dynamics in Earth System Modelling and Prediction
    Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 12, 311-320, 2005 pdf
  • Kirsten Zickfeld, Brigitte Knopf,  Vladimir Petoukhov and Hans-Joachim Schellnhuber
    Is the Indian summer monsoon stable against global change?
    Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L15707, doi: 10.1029/2005GL022771, 2005 pdf
  • Brigitte Knopf, Michael Flechsig, and Kirsten Zickfeld
    Multi parameter uncertainty analysis of a bifurcation point
    Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics, 13, 531-540 , 2006 pdf 
  • Werner von Bloh, Christine Bounama, Klaus Eisenack, Brigitte Knopf, and Oliver Walkenhorst
    Estimating the biogenic enhancement factor of weathering using an inverse viability method

    Ecological Modelling, 216, 245-251, 2008 pdf

  • Brigitte Knopf
    On Intrinsic Uncertainties in Earth System Modelling
    PhD thesis, Universität Potsdam, 2006 pdf


Projects

European Network engaging Civil society in Low Carbon scenarios (ENCI-LowCarb)

 The objectives of the Project are to facilitate information flows between Civil Society Organisations and research institutes working on low carbon energy scenarios and technologies. Moreover, we develop low carbon scenarios for Germany and France for 2050 with an ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction target. Our vision is to provide input to the national, and European climate negotiations showing that ambitious greenhouse gas emission targets are not only necessary but also acceptable in an economic and social point of view.

ADAM

Adaptation and Mitigation Strategies for Europe (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 Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer and Brigitte Knopf. It aims at assessing the mitigation options of post-2012 EU and global climate policies.

Climate Change and Justice

The project “Climate change and justice. Climate policy as a component of fair globalisation and sustainable poverty reduction” sets out to analyse the interactions between preventing hazardous climate change and reducing global poverty. The objective is to develop suitable strategies and options for global climate and energy policy which will support rather than undermine national and international efforts towards poverty reduction.

 

 

 

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