Ottmar Edenhofer

Ottmar Georg Edenhofer (born in 8 July 1961 in Gangkofen, Lower Bavaria, Germany) is one of the world's leading experts on climate change policy, environmental and energy policy, and energy economics. His work has been heavily cited.[1] Edenhofer currently holds the professorship of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University of Berlin. Together with Earth scientist Johan Rockström, economist Ottmar Edenhofer is scientific director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), representing the interdisciplinary and solutions-oriented approach of the institute. Furthermore, he is director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). From 2008 to 2015 he served as one of the co-chairs of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group III "Mitigation of Climate Change".

Ottmar Edenhofer
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Ottmar Edenhofer in June 2008
Born
Ottmar Georg Edenhofer

(1961-06-08) 8 June 1961 (age 59)
NationalityGerman
OccupationEconomist
Known for
  • Climate change economics
  • IPCC Working Group III

Edenhofer is a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech). In 2020 Professor Edenhofer was honoured with the most prestigious environmental prize in Germany the "Umweltpreis" by Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt for his groundbreaking work in the field of carbon pricing.[2] Before, he was awarded the Romano-Guardini-Prize by the Katholische Akademie in Bayern.[3]

EducationEdit

Edenhofer completed his Diploma in Economics with honors at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. He belonged the Jesuit Order from 1987 to 1994 and following his novitiate earned a bachelor's degree in Philosophy at the Munich School of Philosophy. During this time he also founded an enterprise in the public health sector and lead a humanitarian aid organization in Croatia and Bosnia from 1991 to 1993. After leaving the Order, Edenhofer worked as a research assistant from 1994 to 2000 and completed his PhD in economics summa cum laude at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1999 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Carlo C. Jäger,.

CareerEdit

From 2004 to 2008 Edenhofer was a lead author of the Fourth Assessment Report on Climate Change published by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in 2007. The IPCC was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in the same year.[4]

Since 2008, Edenhofer holds the professorship for the Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University of Berlin.

From 2008 to 2015 he served as a co-chair of Working Group III "Mitigation of Climate Change" of the (IPCC). He was a lead author of the Fifth Assessment Report on Climate Change published by the IPCC in 2014. In 2012 he became director of the newly founded Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC).

Since June 2020 Edenhofer is project lead of the major Copernicus research activity Ariadne on the German energy transition. The project is investigating options how climate targets can be met with socially accepted policy instruments [5]

Other activitiesEdit

Among other engagements, Edenhofer holds the following unpaid or paid honorary positions:

Besides his teaching and research activities, Edenhofer actively contributes to public debates about political climate protection measures in Germany and the European Union.

Research interestsEdit

Edenhofer's research explores the impact of induced technological change on mitigation costs and mitigation strategies, the value capture and distribution of land rents,[8] and the design of instruments for climate and energy policy. He specializes in the economics of atmospheric stabilization, social cost-benefit analysis, land value tax,[9] sustainability theory, economic growth theory, environmental economics, welfare theory, and general intertemporal equilibrium theory.

Philosophy and position on climate changeEdit

Edenhofer says that his interest in philosophy and economics was influenced by his readings of the works of Henry George,[10] Karl Marx, Max Weber, Ludwig Wittgenstein, and John Dewey. Regarding climate change he says: "Denying out and out that climate change is a problem for humanity, as some cynics do, is an unethical, unacceptable position."[11]:304

Edenhofer favours cap-and-trade over a direct carbon tax as the most efficient method to reduce greenhouse emissions and encourage innovation to preserve the climate. He feels strongly that moving the global economy to a low-carbon threshold requires huge increases in the use of renewable energy across all economic sectors.[11]

FellowshipsEdit

  • 2007: Fellow of the Academy of Sciences in Hamburg, Germany[12]
  • 2008: Fellow of the German Association Socialpolitik, Research Committee Environmental and Resource Economics
  • 2009: Fellow of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE)
  • 2009: Member of the Scientific Advisory Council at the Munich Society for the Promotion of Economic Research
  • 2009: Member of the Scientific Advisory Council at the EUREF-Institute in Berlin
  • 2010: Member of the group "Climate, Energy & Environment" of the German National Academy of Science Leopoldina
  • 2012: Member of the Advisory Committee of the Green Growth Knowledge Platform (GGKP)[13]
  • 2012: Member of the Foundation Council of Munich Re[14]:57
  • 2013: Member of the Forschungsforum Promoter Group Economy[15]
  • 2013: Chair of the Euro-CASE Energy Platform[16]
  • 2015: Member of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)

PublicationsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Highly Cited Researchers". Clarivate Web of Science. Retrieved 29 January 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ {cite web |url=https://www.dbu.de/123artikel38825_2897.html%7C title=German President recognises German Environmental Award as “a particularly important message” | publisher=German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU) | accessdate=29 January 2021}}
  3. ^ "Edenhofer honored with Romano Guardini Prize". Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change. 5 July 2018. Retrieved 10 October 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Schiermeier, Quirin; Tollefson, Jeff (12 October 2007). "Climate change: a Nobel cause: peace prize awarded to climate scientists and politician filmstar". Nature. doi:10.1038/news.2007.164. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  5. ^ https://www.kopernikus-projekte.de/en/projects/ariadne
  6. ^ http://www.oecd.org/environment/cc/advisory-council-members-project-growth-investment-lowcarbon-transition.pdf
  7. ^ Volkswagen Group appoints international Sustainability Council Volkswagen, press release of September 28, 2016.
  8. ^ Edenhofer, Ottmar. "Hypergeorgism: When is Rent Taxation as a Remedy for Insufficient Capital Accumulation Socially Optimal?". SSRN 2232659. Cite journal requires |journal= (help) Edenhofer writes, "Extending and modifying the tenet of georgism, we propose that this insight be called hypergeorgism." "From a historical perspective, our result may be closer to Henry George’s original thinking than georgism or the neoclassical Henry George Theorems."
  9. ^ Edenhofer, Ottmar. "Financing Public Capital Through Land Rent Taxation: A Macroeconomic Henry George Theorem". SSRN 2284745. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ Edenhofer, Ottmar. "The Triple Dividend Climate Change Mitigation, Justice and Investing in Capabilities" (PDF). Retrieved 11 November 2013. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ a b Schiermeier, Quirin (19 September 2013). "The Climate Chairman" (PDF). Nature. 501 (7467): 304–306. doi:10.1038/501303a. PMID 24048052. S2CID 4451211. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  12. ^ "Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer". Akademie der Wissenschaften in Hamburg. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Advisory Committee". Green Growth Knowledge Platform. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  14. ^ Münchener Rück Stiftung: Vom Wissen zum Handeln — Report 2012 [Munich Re Foundation: from knowledge to action — Report 2012] (PDF) (in German). Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Edenhofer to advise "Energiewende Research Forum" — Press release". Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Policy advice for EU decision makers: Edenhofer chairs new Energy Platform — Press release". Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK). 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2016.

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