Keeping the door open for an effective climate policy

MCC Director Ottmar Edenhofer discussed the question of how international cooperation should proceed after the Paris Agreement.

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Leading personalities from the energy sector, politics and science meet every three years at the World Energy Council (WEC) to deliberate on the future challenges of energy and climate policy. This year's conference in Istanbul was of course heavily influenced by the surprisingly strong objectives of the Paris Agreement. 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), attended a panel discussion titled "Climate change negotiations: Keeping up the momentum". Together with Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Ricardo Melendez-Ortiz, CEO of the think tank "International Center for Trade and Sustainable Development" (ICTSD), he discussed the following questions:

  • With Paris, we are only at one third of the 2°C objective—how do we close the ambition gap?
  • What are the challenges faced by developing countries and how will these be addressed collectively?
  • What do we expect from the upcoming climate change conference in Marrakesh?