How Germany, the US and China can tackle climate change

In several lectures at the “Energy Policy Exchange Forum” many MCC scientists discuss different approaches to implement the Paris Agreement.

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The international community is scrambling to ratify the UN Paris climate agreement at an unprecedented pace. At the international and domestic level Germany, the United States and China play a major role to ensure a successful implementation of the ambitious Paris outcome. In order to advance the dialogue between these three countries the Hertie School of Governance, the Tsinghua University and the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California jointly founded the „Energy Policy Exchange Forum" in 2015. This year’s conference will be hosted by the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin on 6 – 7 October.

The MCC will participate with several speakers like Jan Minx, Jan Steckel or Christian Flachsland. The MCC scientists are going to focus especially on sustainable development in emerging market economies and effective climate policy on a sub-global level. At the end of day one there will also be a panel discussion titled “On the Road from Paris to Marrakech” including Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Chief Economist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) .

The three countries are crucial for the international debate on energy and climate policy, as Germany is breaking new ground with its globally unprecedented energy transition. Meanwhile fighting air pollution and environmental damages due to coal usage and increasing traffic are the main current and future challenges for China and California. The forum will also discuss recent advancements in carbon removal technologies, urban policies that mitigate climate change, energy-efficient behavior of households, the governance of coal phase-out, integration of renewable energies, and multi-level climate governance. 


Further information on the "Energy Policy Exchange Forum".

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