Dr. Brigitte Knopf

Secretary General

Dr. Brigitte Knopf

Dr. Brigitte Knopf is Secretary General of MCC. She is responsible for 

  • Management and Strategy of MCC
  • Cooperation with Universities and Stakeholders from government, business and civil society
  • German and European energy and climate policy (Energiewende)

Her recent work focusses on the implementation of the Paris Agreement at the German and international level. She is co-author of MCC-PIK's expertise on options for a carbon pricing reform in Germany, which was presented in the Climate Cabinet in July 2019. Since September 2020, she is a member and deputy chairperson of the new Council of Experts on Climate Change appointed by the German government. She was recently a member of the United Nations Scientific Advisory Group which was in involved in preparing the UN Climate Action Summit in September. She is lead author of the chapter on fiscal policies for the low-carbon transition of the UNEP Emissions Gap Report 2018. In the context of the G20 process, she develops strategies how carbon pricing could support not only climate change mitigation, but also finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Before joining MCC in 2015, she was deputy head of the research domain Sustainable Solutions at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and head of the group Energy Strategies Europe and Germany. She holds a PhD in physics. In 2014, she coordinated the Euro-CASE assessment of the EU emissions trading scheme. As an expert for the German Energiewende and European climate and energy policy, from 2013-2014 she led an international model comparison on the effects of technology choices on EU climate policy that explores EU's 2030 climate target and that is closely linked to the Energy Roadmap. From 2007-2010 she coordinated one of the first global model comparisons of the technical feasibility of the 2°C target.

Brigitte Knopf is also interested in scientific policy advice and the design of the science-policy interface. From 2009 to 2011 she was Senior Advisor of the Technical Support Unit of the IPCC Working Group III for preparing the IPCC Special Report on Renewables. She is also contributing author in IPCC's Fifths Assessment Report of Working Group III on the Mitigation of Climate Change.

Brigitte Knopf is author of several publications in scientific journals and involves actively in the public debate in Germany and at the EU level with presentations and media interviews. 


Curriculum vitae



Journal Articles (peer reviewed)

see below ("Current Publications")


Opinion pieces and newspaper articles
Brigitte Knopf (2021): Politiker verstehen Klimakrise nicht. ZDF morgenmagazin, 06.05.2021

Brigitte Knopf (2021): Ein sozialverträglicher ausgestalteter CO2-Preis als Wegbegleiter für Klimaneutralität, blog politische ökonomie, 11.03.2021

Brigitte Knopf (2019): Politische Lösungen statt Verzicht. Tagesspiegel, 08.09.2019

Brigitte Knopf (2019): Klimapaket: Mercator-Institut fürchtet kleinteilige Lösung. ARD Morgenmagazin, 20.09.2019.

Brigitte Knopf (2019): Der Kohleausstieg reicht nicht. Focus online, 27.07.2019

Brigitte Knopf, Matthias Kalkuhl (2019): CO2 besteuern und das Geld an die Bürger zurückzahlen. Zeit Online, 07.02.2019.

Knopf, Brigitte (2017): A step to the side: the G20’s climate danceT20 Germany Blog, 14.07.2017

Knopf, Brigitte (2017): Three policy options for Germany to lead the G20 towards carbon pricing. T20 Germany Blog, 26.01.2017

Knopf, Brigitte (2015): G20 can do what Paris climate summit can't: tax carbonHuffington Post, 8.12.2015

Knopf, Brigitte (2015): Nach der Klimakonferenz sind die G20 mit der Umsetzung dranDer Tagesspiegel, 27.11.2015.

Knopf, Brigitte (2015): Sportliches Klimaprogramm für IndienFrankfurter Rundschau, 08.10.2015.

Knopf, Brigitte (2015): Die Katholische Kirche und das Klima: Welches Geheimnis sich in der Enzyklika des Papstes verbirgt. Der Tagesspiegel, 24.6.2015. Link

Knopf, Brigitte (2015): Heaven belongs to us all – the new papal encyclical. energypost, 19.6.2015.   Link

Knopf, Brigitte (2015): Der Himmel gehört uns allen – die neue Enzyklika des Papstes. SciLogs KlimaLounge, 19.6.2015. Link 

Knopf, Brigitte (2015): Heaven belongs to us all – the new papal encyclical. RealClimate, 18.6.2015.   Link


Latest Publications

Kalkuhl, M., Knopf, B., Edenhofer, O., 2021

CO2-Bepreisung: Mehr Klimaschutz mit mehr Gerechtigkeit

MCC Working Paper
Henning, M., Knopf, B., Bettzüge, M. O., Heimer, T., Schlomann, B. (Expertenrat für Klimafragen), 2021

Bericht zur Vorjahresschätzung der deutschen Treibhausgasemissionen für das Jahr 2020

Expertenrat für Klimafragen
Pahle, M., Tietjen, O., Osorio, S., Knopf, B., Flachsland, C., Korkmaz, P., Fahl, U., 2020

Die Anschärfung der EU-2030-Klimaziele und Implikationen für Deutschland

Energiewirtschaftlichen Tagesfragen 7-8/2020
Creutzig, F., Javaid, A., Koch, N., Knopf, B., Mattioli, B., Edenhofer, O., 2020

Adjust urban and rural road pricing for fair mobility

Nature Climate Change
Peer Review
Knopf, B., 2019

Das deutsche Klima-Finanzpaket