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Economics of Climate Change - News


August 22nd, 2014
In the winter semester 2014/15 a new module Climate and Development - Challenges of Climate Change Mitigation and Poverty Eradication will be taught. The seminar will take place at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and will be hold by Dr. Jan Steckel, Dr. Michael Jakob and Dr. Gregor Schwerhoff.


April 14th, 2014
Member governments of the IPCC convened in Berlin, Germany, from 7-12 April and approved the Summary for Policymakers of the Working Group III (WGIII) contribution to the Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) and accepted the underlying scientific and technical assessment. The WGIII AR5 Summary for Policymakers, full report and further information are available atmitigation2014.org.


September 6th, 2013
Ottmar Edenhofer starts new lecture on "Climate change, land use and infrastructures". For more information see [Link].


April 9th, 2013
Ottmar Edenhofer starts new lecture on "Green Growth and New Models of Prosperity - Fairy Tale or Strategy?". For more information see [Link].


November 14th, 2012
The Climate Lecture 2012 will take place on the 3rd of December, 5 pm, at the Audimax in the main building of TU Berlin. Prof. Tim Jackson PhD and Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer will discuss about "Green Growth" in the Global Crisis – Fairytale or Strategy?". For more information see [Link].


May 9th, 2012
A new interview about the necessary change in energy policy with Ottmar Edenhofer appeared in "Der Westen". [Link]


March 12th, 2012
Take part in our new seminar in SS 2012 "The Behavioral Economics of Mobility"


January 9th, 2012
Professor Ottmar Edenhofer will act as director of the newly established Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). The MCC will commence its operations in 2012 with the goal of advancing research on the opportunities and challenges of sustainable economic growth in a resource and sink bounded world with a particular focus on avoiding dangerous climate change. By conducting topical Assessment Reports in close cooperation with international partner institutions, MCC aims to promote deliberative communication and decision-making at the interface between science, policy and society.



The department "Economics of Climate Change" is a transdisciplinary academic unit of the Technical University Berlin. Our mission is to develop, foster and communicate critical and policy-relevant knowledge in the economics of climate change and sustainability. To achieve this goal, we investigate spatio-temporal patterns of economic activity, focussing on international trade, consumption-based emission accounting, urban transport and infrastructures. We also deal with economic growth theory and structural change. While our framework is centered in economics, we freely rely on experience from mathematics, physics, engineering and the social sciences.
Our main research questions:

Spatial sustainability sciences:

  • Conceptualizing Land-Use-Change, Transport and Human Settlement in the context of multi-level governance
  • Impact of urbanization and infrastructure investments on economic growth and vice versa
  • Modeling optimal urban transport policies
  • Investigation of how drivers of GHG emissions are present in the spatial dimension of economic activity
  • Identifying infrastructure lock-ins and lock-outs

Dynamically Optimal Policy Instruments:

  • Designing of policy instruments to achieve sustainable development
  • Developing formal models to enhance our understanding of complex phenomena such as carbon leakage.

January 9th, 2012

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