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Climate change Portraits: Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

11-24-2011 13:49 BJT

The Honorable Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker has served as Co-chair of the IRP since its inception in 2007. One of the world’s most respected thinkers on resource efficiency, his ground-breaking ‘Factor Four’ concept asserts that by using natural resources efficiently it is possible to halve our use of resources while doubling living standards. In 2008, he was joint winner of the Takeda award for Outstanding Achievement in the Application of New Engineering Intelligence.

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

Dr von Weizsäcker is one of the IRP’s most visible spokespeople; he frequently represents the Panel at international gatherings, such as meetings of the United Nations (UN) Environment Programme Governing Council and the UN Commission for Sustainable Development. He also explains the Panel’s work to the wider public at regional conferences. He chairs the Working Group on Decoupling and attends meetings of the Biofuels and Metals Working Groups.

Dr von Weizsäcker is Founding President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, which conducts applied sustainability research. He reports to the Club of Rome, an interdisciplinary global think-tank that is recognized for its work on the relations between economic growth and the environment. He is also Assistant Professor of the Donald Bren School for Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in the USA.

Formerly Chairman of the Study Commission on Economic Globalisation, as well as the Environment Committee, of the German Bundestag, von Weizsäcker served as Director of the UN Center for Science and Technology for Development and of the Institute for European Environmental Policy. His most recent book, Factor Four (2009), argues that a four-fold increase in resource productivity is achievable and profitable under the right political and economic conditions.

Editor:Zhang Hao |Source: CNTV.CN

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