ESMT Open Lecture with Ottmar Edenhofer

Climate, Coal, and Capital

The dangers of global warming still loom large, and the national contributions (INDCs) are not sufficient to reach the goals set in the Paris Agreement. Every additional ton of carbon deposited in the atmosphere makes it more difficult to limit global warming. So how can we reduce emissions – soon? An effective instrument to foster decarbonisation is the introduction of a price on carbon in combination with strategic transfers. Only an internationally coordinated climate policy will result in taking conventional coal-fired power plants off the net and making renewables profitable. Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, designated director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) will discuss the correlation between climate, coal, and capital.


Thursday, November 1, 2018, 6:30 p.m.; registration starts at 6:00 p.m.
"Climate, Coal, and Capital"

Speaker: Ottmar Edenhofer, Designated Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Professor for the Economics of Climate Change, Technical University Berlin

Moderator: Jens Weinmann, Program Director, ESMT Berlin

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About the speaker

Ottmar Edenhofer

Ottmar Edenhofer is one of the world’s leading experts on the economics of climate change. He is the designated director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and professor for the economics of climate change at the Technical University Berlin. Moreover, he is founding director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) as well as adviser to the World Bank regarding issues of economic growth and climate protection. Furthermore, he is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) and member of the National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). Ottmar Edenhofer has published numerous articles in leading peer-reviewed journals (e.g. Science, PNAS, Nature Climate Change) and high-ranking disciplinary journals (e.g. Macroeconomic Dynamics, International Tax and Public Finance, Environmental Research Letters, Climatic Change) and authored various books. From 2008 to 2015 Ottmar Edenhofer served as co-chair of working group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), shaping the fifth assessment report on climate change mitigation substantially.

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