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„It is quite easy to formulate ambitious targets in the far distant future, but it is very hard to start with something real,“ says Prof. Dr Edenhofer about the difficulties of projects concerned with sustainability.

In our first interview series in September 2018 concerning the work of the Sustainability Council and the Open Source Lab, Prof. Dr Edenhofer elaborates on his idea of what those first steps should look like.

“Without a decarbonized power sector e-mobility will be a complete failure. So in that sense the power sector has also strategic importance for the transport sector – that is priority number one. Number two is that we need an effective carbon prize not only in the power sector but also in the transport sector and heat sector. Because the transformation we envision is so deep and the speed is so high that we need new transformative instruments.”

Besides his position as director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), Prof. Dr Ottmar Edenhofer is a professor for Economics of Climate Change at the Technical University Berlin and deputy director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).