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Edenhofer to advise „Energiewende Research Forum”

05/06/2013 - Science is an important partner in implementing the German energy transition. Ottmar Edenhofer, chief economist and research domain co-chair of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), has been asked to join the working group on economics of the “Energiewende Research Forum”, whose job is to provide scientific advice for political measures to realize the energy transition. The interdisciplinary initiative was sparked by the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina, and the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.
Edenhofer to advise „Energiewende Research Forum”

Ottmar Edenhofer. Photo: Marco Urban

“The energy transformation is one of the greatest experiments that an industrial society ever performed,” Edenhofer said. “An experiment of this dimension needs to be supported by scientific policy advice.” This should be organized as a social learning process, he pointed out. “Science is mapping possible pathways, but it is up to politics to decide which way to go,” Edenhofer said.

The research forum brings together existing expertise on the energy transition in eight interdisciplinary thematic working groups. The group on economics that Ottmar Edenhofer has now been appointed to, is set to analyze the economic framework for the transition to a future energy system and is going to illuminate possible courses of action – for example what incentives could be useful, or how an adequate market design should look like.

 

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