In order to reach its national and European goals in emission reduction, the German Federal Cabinet has appointed a new independent “Expert Council for Climate Issues”. Five members have been selected to support the Federal Government in applying the Federal Climate Protection Act. Among them is Technopolis Group’s Prof. Dr. Thomas Heimer.

The members of the Expert Council for Climate Issues, or Expertenrat für Klimafragen will support the German Federal Cabinet for the following five years. They will contribute their expertise to a far-reaching tasks, as dictated by the Federal Climate Protection Act (FCDA), examining the Federal Environment Agency’s annual emission data and advising on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and estimate future emission trends. The Council will consider action programmes laid out by the Federal Ministry and take position should it amend the permissible annual emissions under the FCDA. Additionally, the expert body will be consulted before any updates on the Climate Action Plan and adoption of further climate protection programmes. Lastly, the Federal Government or Parliament can commission the Expert Council for Climate Issues to draft special reports.

Prof. Dr. Heimer is a Scientific Advisor for Technopolis Deutschland GmbH. He is also Professor for Innovation management at the Hochschule RheinMain and Honorary Professor for Innovation Management at Frankfurt School as well as a member of the Advisory Council “go-cluster“ of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) and chair of the Accreditation Commission of the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA), as well as board member of the Carolinum Foundation.  Prof. Dr. Heimer works on diverse projects such as the evaluation of collaborative research in the field of Basic Scientific Research in natural Sciences or on exploring the impact on production processes and work of game-changing technologies.

The other members of the Expert Council for Climate Issues are professors Marc Oliver Bettzüge (University of Cologne), Hans-Martin Henning (Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems in Freiburg), Brigitte Knopf (Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change in Berlin) and Barbara Schlomann from the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research in Karlsruhe.

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