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Policy advice for EU decision makers: Edenhofer chairs new Energy Platform

07/17/2013 - Ottmar Edenhofer, Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), is co-chairing a new Energy Platform by the European Council of Academies of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE), an non-profit organisation of national academies from 21 European countries. Bringing together the combined expertise of the academies, the Euro-CASE Energy Platform will provide independent science based policy advice with a focus on a European perspective for policymakers like the Directorate-General for Climate Action which implements the EU Emissions Trading System or the EU Commissioner for Energy, Günther Oettinger.
Policy advice for EU decision makers: Edenhofer chairs new Energy Platform

Co-chairing the Euro-CASE Energy Platform: Ottmar Edenhofer. Photo: Thomas Köhler/

„Science can be a valuable cartographer of knowledge landscapes. The Euro-CASE Energy Platform creates an important science-policy-interface to map out feasible pathways for targets and instruments of the future EU energy policy,“ Edenhofer says. “It is a great honor to be asked to chair this innovative platform by the union of the European Academies for Engineering, Applied Sciences and Technology.“ Edenhofer, who is also the Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Working Group III, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Professor for the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University Berlin will be co-chairing the Euro-CASE Energy Platform on behalf of the German National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech), together with Bernard Tardieu, Chairman of the Energy and Climate Change Committee of the French National Academy of Technology (NATF).

The platform’s work will be based on a new „pragmatic-enlightened model“ of science based policy advice and explicitly include dialogue and discussion of scientific results with scientific and political communities as well as the public in the process of drafting options for a political course of action. „Europe plays a vital part in the great transformation to a sustainable future. Science can provide important guidance on imponderable grounds to support difficult decision processes,” says PIK Director John Schellnhuber, who is himself a member of the Science and Technology Advisory Council (PSTAC) advising the president of the EU Commission, José Manuel Barroso.

The implementation of the Euro-Case Energy Platform is moving forward these days with a call to the member academies to nominate fellows with a particular field of expertise in energy matters. The first official meeting of the Euro-Case Energy Platform will take place from 1-2 October in Brussels. “Science and research are prerequisites for implementing European energy and climate policies. We are delighted that Ottmar Edenhofer as a professor of the Technical University Berlin is co-chairing the new Energy Platform of the technical academies,” says the President of the TU Berlin, Jörg Steinbach.

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