“Shaping European environmental policy”: Ottmar Edenhofer on ENDS Europe Impact List

The European specialist news service ENDS Europe names 30 personalities who provide important impetus for decision-making in green policy.

Since 2012 Founding Director of MCC: Ottrmar Edenhofer. | Photo: BMBF/Rickel


The Director of the Berlin-based climate research institute MCC (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change), Ottmar Edenhofer, is one of 30 people recognised for their significant role in shaping European green policy over the past two years. For the first time, environmental policy news service ENDS Europe has compiled a corresponding list of professionals and politicians with the greatest impact in this area.

Edenhofer, who is also Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, is, furthermore, Chairperson of the European Scientific Advisory Board on Climate Change (ESABCC). As ESABCC chair, Edenhofer provides the EU with scientific knowledge, expertise and advice relating to climate change. The Advisory Board evaluates policies and identifies actions and opportunities to successfully achieve the EU's climate targets.

To feature on the list, individuals had to have shaped or influenced EU environmental policy, having delivered positive results for the environment, or working towards positive change through their commitment. ENDS Europe lauded Edenhofer as one of the most cited scientists in the world in “interdisciplinary science” and winner of numerous recognitions for his work on renewable energy potential and carbon pricing.

Besides Edenhofer, the ENDS list features people from different professional categories: from former Executive Vice President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans to the head of the Climate Change Centre at European Central Bank Irene Heemskerk, and Dirk Messner, president of the German Environment Agency.

Further information:
The list of the 30 personalities with the greatest influence on EU environmental policy: