Professor Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer, one of the world’s most influential pioneers on the economics of climate change, has been awarded the environmental prize of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU) for 2020. The TU professor and economist of climate change is director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) as well as the Berlin-based Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).
Ottmar Edenhofer’s research focuses on economic policy solutions relating to global commons. As a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and co-author of a number of IPCC reports as well as advisor to the German federal government, he has been able to significantly influence sections of the German climate package as well as international climate negotiations, including the UN Paris Agreement. His proposal to introduce a price for the emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a controlling mechanism for climate protection achieved particular attention.
“I am delighted that this award has gone to Ottmar Edenhofer and I would like to extend him my warmest and most sincere congratulations. His commitment to finding fair and economically sound solutions to the challenges posed by climate change has led to his contributing important research findings to the scientific debate and introducing new climate policy ideas at national and international level. We are delighted to have someone like him at TU Berlin,” says Professor Christian Thomsen, president of TU Berlin.
Regarding the future of climate research, he goes on to say: “We have to take action on the climate and this is a natural role for TU Berlin to assume with its many academic chairs researching in the area of climate. However, we must also make our voice heard, particularly in the political arena. This is why we are currently working intensively with the PIK Potsdam and Ottmar Edenhofer as well as with other scientific institutions in Berlin and Brandenburg to establish a new research center on climate change.”
It is planned that federal president Frank-Walter Steinmeier will hand over the 250,000-euro award to Ottmar Edenhofer at a ceremony to be held in Hanover on 25 October 2020.
Press release of the German Federal Environmental Foundation of 2 September 2020