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How can Europe keep spearheading the fight against climate change?

climate-change-140-pixelsHow successful is Europe in fighting climate change? Can it live up to its role as an international pioneer? What challenges will Europe and its member states face in the future?

LSE researchers will debate these topics in Berlin later this week (14-15 November) at the 2013 Dahrendorf Symposium, which explores the theme of tackling dangerous climate change in Europe.

Leading experts from academia, politics, and industry will add fresh impetus to the European climate debate, discussing the environmental, economic, political, legal and social aspects of climate change. Speakers include:

  • EU Commissioners Connie Hedegaard and Günther Oettinger;
  • Former Prime Minister of Italy Mario Monti;
  • German politicians Cem Özdemir and Norbert Röttgen;
  • Member of the British House of Lords Lord William Wallace of Saltaire;
  • Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Deputy Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK); and
  • Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, Co-Chair of the International Resource Panel of UNEP.

The symposium is a joint initiative of the Hertie School of Governance, London School of Economics and Political Science and Stiftung Mercator.

Five international and interdisciplinary teams of researchers from London and Berlin have spent the past 12 months working on the following topics:

  • “Infrastructure and Climate Change” (Felix Creutzig, MCC Berlin);
  •  “Governance and Policy Aspects of Climate Change” (Claudia Kemfert, DIW Berlin/Hertie School, and Karsten Neuhoff, DIW Berlin);
  • “Social and Legal Aspects of Climate Change” (Conor Gearty, LSE);
  • “Economics and Climate Change” (Luca Taschini, LSE Grantham Institute);
  • “Europe and the World” (Helmut K. Anheier, Hertie School, and Odd Arne Westad, LSE).

The range of topics that will be discussed and contrasted with new research results includes the reform of international negotiation standards and legal framework; Europe’s strategy for climate protection after "Europe 2020"; the potential of Europe’s cities as drivers of climate friendly behaviour; and new mechanisms of taxation and funding that could benefit economic growth as well as climate protection.

The Dahrendorf Symposium, which is hosted every two years, is taking place in Berlin. Founded in 2011 in the spirit of Lord Ralf Dahrendorf, a former LSE Director, it aims to challenge entrenched patterns of thought and argument on the future of Europe and to add fresh impetus to the European debate.

The symposium will be opened by the initiators Helmut K. Anheier, Dean of the Hertie School of Governance; Craig Calhoun, Director of LSE; Bernhard Lorentz, President and CEO of Stiftung Mercator; and Lady Christiane Dahrendorf.

More information can be found here and on the official Dahrendorf blog discussing the issues.

Information for editors

The Dahrendorf Symposium 2013 is taking place at Akademie der Künste, Pariser Platz 4, 10117 Berlin.

Media representatives are kindly asked to register at press@dahrendorf-symposium.eu or  via phone at+49 -030-259 219 113.


Further information: Programme, Twitter: @Dahrendorf_Sym / #DSym2013, at www.dahrendorf-symposium.eu, the conference can be watched online via livestream.

Press contact: Regine Kreitz, Head of Communications, Hertie School of Governance,  Phone: +49 -030-259 219 113, Fax: +49 -030-259 219 444, e-mail: press@dahrendorf-symposium.eu

12 November 2013