CEO, SD Strategies
Alexander Ochs is a sustainable development strategist. He is the CEO of the Berlin-based consultancy SD Strategies and Senior Director of Climate and Energy at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C. Alexander currently also acts as President of the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks (FACET) and is Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He was a steering committee member of the Low Emission Development Global Partnership (LEDS GP) and is the Founding Chair of the LEDS GP Energy Working Group. Alexander also serves on the Clean Energy Solution Center’s expert roster and as an adviser to the German Government’s International Climate Initiative as well as a number of other international initiatives. In 2011, he received the Sustainable Future Award of the Austrian Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs.
Alexander researched and taught at Princeton University, CUNY, George Washington as well as Humboldt and Freie University in Berlin. He studied at the Universities of Cologne and Munich where he graduated with an M.A. in political science, philosophy and literature. He is fluent in German and English.
PRESS RELEASE | Contact GAELLE GOURMELON | For release: Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Although access to energy services remains severely constrained in the region, renewables and energy efficiency measures contribute to improved access
Washington, D.C.—The ECOWAS Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Status Report, produced collaboratively by REN21 and ECREEE with lead authorship from the Worldwatch Institute, provides a regional perspective on the renewable energy and energy efficiency market and industry development in West Africa. (…)
“This report presents countries undergoing rapid change, including in the energy sector,” says Alexander Ochs, Director of the Worldwatch Institute’s Climate and Energy Program. “While we are witnessing important projects throughout the region, most ECOWAS countries are just starting to make use of the enormous renewable energy potentials at their doorsteps—and on their roofs, too. With national policies and regional cooperation just taking shape, the big renewable energy boom in West Africa is yet to come. An economically, socially, and environmentally prosperous Africa can only be built on the foundation of a sustainable energy system.”
Please find the full press release and link to the report [here].
PRESS RELEASE Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Worldwatch Institute researchers contribute to leading global study on renewable energy development.
Washington, D.C.—-Renewable energy technologies set new installation records as their contribution to the global energy mix continued to climb in 2013. Renewable power capacity jumped more than 8 percent in 2013, accounting for over 56 percent of net additions and now has the potential to account for over a fifth of world electricity generation. These are some of the findings of the latest edition of the annual Renewables Global Status Report, released by the Paris-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). The report is the product of a collaborative effort of an international network of more than 500 contributors, researchers, and authors. (…)
“Renewables are one of the most important tools in this century for social, economic, and environmental progress,” says Alexander Ochs, director of climate and energy at Worldwatch. “The paradigm that being dirty is good for the green in your pocket is eroding. This report demonstrates that we can overcome the political barriers and vested interests still in the way of a smarter, safer, and healthier world.”
MANILA, April 23 — President Benigno S. Aquino III last month approved two resolutions aimed at mitigating the release of black carbon to the environment and authorizing the design of a sustainable power system for more efficient energy production.
The President last March 25 approved Resolution 6 by the Climate Change Commission, authorizing the dialogue with Worldwatch Institute for the design of
“Sustainable Power System: A Roadmap for the Philippines.”
Through the resolution, the Climate Change Commission, which is in the process of carrying out the National Climate Change Action Plan, officially invites Alexander Ochs, director of the Climate and Energy Worldwatch Institute, to discuss his offer to help the country design a sustainable power system. The commission will coordinate with Director Ochs and the Worldwatch Institute through the office of Climate Change Commissioner Heherson Alvarez.
Worldwatch’s Climate and Energy team just launched its groundbreaking Sustainable Energy Roadmap for Jamaica, a look at the measures that the country can take to transition its electricity sector to one that is socially, environmentally, and financially sustainable.
The report, Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap: Pathways to an Affordable, Reliable, Low-Emission Electricity System, is the culmination of years of intensive investigation. It analyzes the potential for energy efficiency and renewable energy deployment in Jamaica and discusses the social and economic impacts of alternative energy pathways. Click here for more information about the project and to read the report.
“Jamaica is paying a colossal price to import polluting and health-threatening fossil fuels, even when it has the best clean energy resources at its doorstep: wind, solar, hydro, and biomass,” says Alexander Ochs, Director of Climate and Energy at Worldwatch and a co-author of the study. “The Jamaican government has set a nationwide goal of 20 percent renewable energy use by 2030; our Roadmap will help to realize this goal. What’s more, our analysis shows that the bar can and should be set much higher: Jamaica can become a zero-carbon island in a matter of decades, and its people would benefit enormously from such a transition.”
Worldwatch collaborated closely on this project with the Government of Jamaica. “I am very confident that the outcome of this project will enable Jamaica to map, in more precise ways, the additional electricijamaicaty generation capacity that we seek,” says Jamaican Energy Minister Philip Paulwell. “We intend to use the Roadmap to determine the next phase of new generation capacity, and it will enable us to be far more efficient than we have in the past.”
The Worldwatch Institute and the INCAE Business School host high-level workshop on energy access and renewable energy potential in Central America
WASHINGTON – August 30 – The Worldwatch Institute (www.worldwatch.org) and the INCAE Business School’s Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) are co-hosting two workshops on “The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America” in Managua, Nicaragua and Alajuela, Costa Rica tomorrow and on September 3, respectively. The participative dialogues aim to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among a select group of experts from regional institutions, civil society organizations, energy sector companies, and government agencies. The workshops will focus on the role of renewable technologies in broadening access to modern energy services and achieving regional development goals.
“This project is a joint effort aimed at speeding the development of renewables in Central America,” said Alexander Ochs, Director of Worldwatch’s Climate and Energy Program. “Key energy experts will gather in one room to discuss the region’s challenges and opportunities in embracing renewables, discussing state-of-the-art reforms as well as areas of local, national, and regional best practices.”
“It’s not just that all countries will need to contribute to mitigating and adapting to global climate change.” continued Ochs. “Central America can become a real leader on renewables, given the high price it pays for its current energy system—-some countries spend 10 percent or more of their GDP on importing fossil fuels. The region has also had exciting early experiences with adopting new, unconventional renewable technologies, including geothermal, solar, biomass, and wind technologies.”
The first workshop will take place at the INCAE Business School’s Managua campus from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2012. The second workshop will take place at the INCAE Business School’s Alajuela campus from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 3, 2012.
[You can find the full announcement HERE]
by Press on September 30, 2009, http://www.worldwatch.org/node/6273
Washington, D.C.-The Worldwatch Institute announced today that Alexander Ochs, a well-known expert on international climate and energy policy, has joined the Institute as Climate and Energy Program Director. Prior to joining Worldwatch, Alexander was the director of international policy at the Center for Clean Air Policy. He is the founding director of the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks (FACET) and a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He resides in Washington, D.C.
“We are extremely pleased to welcome Alexander Ochs to our team. His extensive background and expertise on both sides of the Atlantic will strengthen Worldwatch’s work during the run-up to the historic climate talks in Copenhagen this December,” said Christopher Flavin, President of the Worldwatch Institute.
Alexander Ochs was a senior research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin from 2001 to 2007, where he co-founded and later directed the International Network to Advance Climate Talks. Ochs has held research and/or teaching positions at the City University of New York, Princeton University, Munich University, and the Freie and Humboldt Universities in Berlin. He has been a member of the German delegation to the UN climate negotiations and is co-editor of two books and author of numerous scholarly articles and policy papers. Ochs is a regular commentator for Deutsche Welle, Germany’s public international broadcaster, as well as Grist Magazine, and a member of various climate and energy advisory committees.
“After years of following Worldwatch’s pioneering work, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to this influential organization,” said Ochs. “Our immediate goal is to help advance the worldwide efforts to mitigate climate change in the lead up to Copenhagen and beyond.”
CCAP WELCOMES NEW CLIMATE CHANGE POLICY LEADERSHIP
September 18, 2008 | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, DC — The Center for Clean Air Policy (CCAP) announced today the addition of two new international climate change policy experts to its growing staff.
As a key part of CCAP’s senior management team, Alexander Ochs, director of international policy, will provide strategic guidance on international climate policy, including management of the European Dialogue on the Climate and Energy Challenge. The European Dialogue is a multi-stakeholder dialogue that develops medium- to long-term climate change, energy and finance policy for the European Union. Ochs will also help lead CCAP’s involvement in the United Nations international climate change negotiations and contribute to the design of the Future Actions Dialogue on International Actions to Address Climate Change. The Future Actions Dialogue is CCAP’s forum of more than 30 countries that combines in-depth analysis and development of climate policy options for consideration in the post-2012 Kyoto Protocol negotiations.
CCAP President Ned Helme said he is delighted to welcome Ochs on board, especially with the UN climate talks in Poznan, Poland only a few months away. “Alexander’s extensive experience within the international climate change policy arena makes him an asset to the organization,” Helme said. “His contribution will be of great value as we move toward Poznan and Copenhagen next year.”
Ochs joins CCAP from the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks — where he was a founder — and as a senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University. From 2001 to 2007, he served as a senior research associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs where he advised key decision-makers from across Europe. While there, Alexander co-founded and later directed the International Network to Advance Climate Talks.
Ochs has held research and lecturer positions at Princeton University, City University of New York and Munich University, as well as both Freie and Humboldt Universities in Berlin, Germany. He has been a member of the German Delegation to the United Nations climate negotiations and various advisory committees on both sides of the Atlantic.
“CCAP’s vital insights and dialogues provide innovative, cost-effective solutions to the world’s climate change impacts,”Ochs said. “I look forward to developing and implementing an international climate change policy strategy that advances CCAP’s mission.”
Ellina Levina, director of the international climate dialogue, will manage the Future Actions Dialogue from CCAP’s office in Paris, France.
“CCAP looks forward to Ellina’s insight as the world moves toward establishing a post-2012 international climate change agreement,” Helme said. “Her leadership, knowledge and experience couldn’t come at a better time.”
Levina joins CCAP with 15 years of international experience in climate change policy analysis and development, focusing on technical issues related to climate change negotiations. She has extensive experience in institutional and economic analysis, as well as in facilitating stakeholder dialogues and providing institutional capacity building assistance.
Levina has served at various international organizations, including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Additionally, while she was at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Energy Agency from 2005 to 2008, she contributed to the UNFCCC negotiations. As a former CCAP employee from 1996 to 2002, Ellina assisted individual governments of Eastern Europe in developing their national climate change policies.
“I am excited to return to CCAP,” Levina said. “I am anxious to use my experience with the UN negotiations to lead the Future Actions Dialogue participants in crafting climate policy developments for the next international climate treaty.”