“Climate, War, and Science”: Edenhofer holds Erich Schneider lecture in Kiel

At the renowned event at Christian Albrechts University, the MCC Director will be painting the big picture on climate policy and geopolitics.

Ottmar Edenhofer: Taxing fossil fuels may also be a conceivable sanctioning tool against autocracies. | Photo: Karkow/PIK


For this year's renowned Erich Schneider Memorial Lecture, Christian-Albrechts University of Kiel has invited Ottmar Edenhofer to speak. He will be painting the big picture, as the title of Edenhofer's lecture this Thursday shows: “Climate, War, and Science – Practical Dilemmas and Theoretical Challenges”.

Erich Schneider, who died in 1970, was one of Germany's most important economic thinkers. Edenhofer speaks as Ddirector of the Berlin-based climate research institute MCC (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and as a professor at Technische Universität Berlin.

“Climate policy threatens autocracies,” this is one of Edenhofer's theses. “Since autocracies own fossil and mineral resources to a large extent, taxing them may play a greater role as a sanctioning tool in the future.” This applies to the current conflict with Russia, Edenhofer points out, but also beyond. In this context, Edenhofer promotes the idea of a European Central Climate Bank, which would be responsible for issuing and pricing emissions certificates.

You can find the slides of the presentation (in German) here .