Investment-ortiented climate policy

February 19th + March 3rd, 2015

Thanks to a number of recent studies, initiated mainly by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), it is possible to show that an investment-oriented climate policy can help overcome the stagnation of the European economy and the social and political crisis in Europe. Since other strategies continue to lose their plausibility, it is a must to have an open debate on our current take on climate policy. Read more

III. Open GSS Conference

October 8-10th, 2014
Unpacking Green Growth
A trans-continental conference

The future of global economic growth raises a whole range of questions, including, but not limited to, purely economic ones. Will the successes in reducing global poverty continue? Will inequality within key economies continue to increase? Will global and local environmental disruption continue? In the face of these questions, green growth has been proposed as an appropriate strategy. The vision of billions of poor people achieving a decent standard of living while economic activities become a force of environmental enhancement rather than disruption is certainly attractive. But is it feasible? Read more

Workshop “Sustainability Skills”

September 1st, 2014

Europe is fighting with high unemployment rates, especially among young people and in the Southern member states. Considering the debate on Green Growth stimuli in times of daunting secular stagnation, this workshop will focus on the reform of the vocational education in Europe. A panel discussion with high-level decision-makers and a following working session shall present ideas for a reform of the vocational education system making it more fit for the needs of a low-carbon economy. One of the major topics of the workshop will be the German dual vocational system. Read more

Green Business Models and Green Economy Conference

July 14th, 2014

Economic stagnation as well as climate change are two of the most pressing challenges at a global scale. Despite some positive news, a European economic recovery, especially in terms of employment, is not in sight. Even though there is progress, international climate negotiations have a hard time overcoming the gridlock of the past years. In Europe as elsewhere climate policy discussions are mainly focused on burden-sharing which leads to minimal action. To change this daunting path, there is a need to reframe the discussion on climate policy and economic policy. Read more

Second Open Global Systems Science Conference

June 10-12th, 2013, Brussels, Belgium

Organized by the Global Climate Forum on behalf of the steering committee of the EU project GSDP in cooperation with the EU projects EUNOIA, FOC, INSITE, MULTIPLEX, NESS, and the G3M project, funded by the German BMU.

The study of problems as diverse as global climate change and global financial crises is currently converging towards a new kind of research – Global Systems Science. GSS is emerging hand in hand with the substantial advances in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). The use of computer models, digitized data, and global virtual networks are vital for GSS, in the same fashion that GSS can become a trigger for truly disruptive developments in policy-oriented and socially useful ICT. Read more

Towards a Sustainable Financial System

December 8–9th, 2012,
Potsdam, Germany

What transformations of the global financial system are required to ensure a sustainable development of humankind in the 21st century? The Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies – IASS – in Potsdam has started an investigation of this question. To support this inquiry, it will organize a series of workshops together with the European research network Global Systems Dynamics and Policy, coordinated by the Global Climate Forum. The first such workshop took place  in Potsdam, Germany, on December 8-9, 2012.  It was dedicated to an assessment of the proposal for a sustainable financial system made by the governor of the People’s Bank of China. Read more

Germany and Europe: Towards a New Growth Path? – Energy Sector Transition

December 11, 2012
Neue Promenade 6, Berlin, Germany

Energy Sector Transition – German Madness or an Opportunity for Growth?

Germany has decided to phase out nuclear energy and to transform its energy sector into one based on renewable energy. On the one hand, this decision can be viewed as a purely political one. On the other hand, it can be regarded as a potential source of economic growth with innovation and technological advances, which may increase energy efficiency and general productivity. The goal to raise the share of renewables in the energy market to 20% turned out to be successful. This largely happened due to the feed­-in-­tariff and without significant changes to the structure of the energy market. But striving towards a 100% share of renewables will require massive changes in technology and infrastructure related to production, storage, grid and consumption, as well as associated transformations of governance structures and the market mechanisms themselves. Read more

First Open Global Systems Science Conference

November 8–10, 2012
Brussels, Belgium

The aim of the Conference is to contribute to the development of Global Systems Science (GSS). The study of problems as diverse as global climate change and global financial crises is currently converging towards a new kind of research – Global Systems Science.

GSS builds on economics as well as on climatology, on history as well as on geography and on a variety of further disciplines. However, it is no attempt to renew the failed pursuit for a single unified science. It simply integrates insights and methods that are useful in studying global systems and develops them further for that purpose. Read more

Chief economist meets … Thomas Straubhaar!

June 19, 2012
Mercator Project Center Berlin, Germany

A public debate on new economic thinking

This is the start of a series of interviews with Thomas Fricke and german economists regarding new economic thinking, initiated by the Global Climate Forum (GCF) and the Financial Times Deutschland (FTD).

Recently, Thomas Straubhaar, Director of the Hamburg Institute of International Economics, has expressed massive criticism of an economic orthodoxy that he himself represented for a long time. He did so in an interview with Thomas Fricke, chief economist of the Financial Times Deutschland, which generated a controversial discussion.

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Germany and Europe: Towards a New Growth Path?

June 19, 2012
Mercator Project Centre Berlin, Germany

“German leaders will have to choose between a shipwreck and a change in course. I do not know which Germany will choose. I do not know whether its leaders know. But on that choice hangs the fate of Europe.“

This is how Martin Wolf of the Financial Times describes the drama unfolding in Europe – a drama that has gained a new twist with France electing president Hollande. Read more