PAKT Abschlusskonferenz, Economics of an Integrated and Long-term Climate and Energy Policy


Three years ago the Centre for Economic European Research (ZEW), the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Resources for the Future (RFF), the Tsinghua University, and the University of Kiel have started a large-scale research project funded by the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Association (WGL) in Germany. The project is called “Economics of an Integrated and Long-term Climate and Energy Policy” and it was coordinated by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim and carried out together with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change Impact Research (PIK). The final PAKT project conference on “The Green Growth Dilemma" will take place on Thursday, November 15th until Friday, November 16th at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) in Berlin (Germany).


On the first day of the conference, Andreas Löschel (ZEW) will summarize the main achievements within the project and Ottmar Edenhofer (PIK & MCC) is going to introduce and discuss the concept of “Green Growth”. Then, two keynote speeches by Sjak Smulders (University of Tilburg) and Robert Stavins (Harvard University) will follow. The scientific part of the first day will be completed by a panel discussion, where Andreas Löschel, Ottmar Edenhofer, Sjak Smulders, Robert Stavins and Carolyn Fischer (Resources for the Future) will discuss whether “Green Growth” is an illusion or not. Afterwards, the inaugural ceremony of the newly established Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) will be held, accompanied by a conference dinner.


The second conference day is dedicated to research outcomes from the project. Key papers are going to be presented by scholars working in the project. In poster sessions, interested participants can discuss the results with the respective authors during the coffee breaks. Additionally, Carolyn Fischer will give a keynote on the macroeconomics of environmental policies.