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Germany's Green Transition

posted Apr 10, 2013, 3:04 PM by George Ball

Lunch with Dr. Hermann Ott 
German Federal Parliament & Green Party member

Tuesday, April 30th (1:30 - 2:30 PM)
Class room 170

Sponsored by Darden's Initiative for Business in Society (IBiS)
Lunch Provided

Germany’s Energy Transition: Any Lessons for North America?

Germany has set aggressive renewable energy targets as well as goals for phasing out use of nuclear energy. Dr. Hermann Ott, scientist and member of the German Federal Parliament (Bundestag) for the Green Party will join us for a discussion about Germany’s energy transition. He will also answer questions about potentially applicable lessons for North America, as well as international collaborations to address climate change.

Dr. Ott, who is also visiting Brandeis and Johns Hopkins Universities, holds degrees from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the Free University Berlin. Dr. Ott has been a speaker on climate policy since 2009, and was director of The Climate Program for one of Germany’s leading think tanks, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy. He is currently a member of the Bundestag’s Commission on Growth, Prosperity and Quality of Life. Dr. Ott brings together the expertise of a renowned scientist and politician in his work on climate policy and transition to renewable energy (called Energiewende). He is also the author of the 2007 article, International Climate Policy 2020: A Challenge for German (Environmental) Foreign Policy.

Dr. Ott will discuss the challenges and successes of Germany’s energy revolution, and his vision for how distributed generation by solar and wind energy enables democratization of energy resources.  Bring your questions about traditional energy sources, business model challenges/opportunities for solar and wind companies, climate science and more!

This event is in collaboration with the Boell Foundation and U.Va.’s Center for German Studies.