|Last Updated: May 11, 2012
Alexander Ochs is director of climate and energy at the Worldwatch Institute, an independent research organization focused on fact-based analysis of critical global issues. Worldwatch’s climate and energy program is dedicated to achieving a transformation of the global energy system in order to stabilize the climate, create sustainable growth, and increase security. Ochs is also the editor of Worldwatch’s ReVolt blog, which explores strategies for low-carbon development around the world.
In addition, Ochs is the founding director of the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks (FACET) and a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University.
Ochs was previously a member of the German delegation to the UN climate change negotiations. He has has held research and teaching positions at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), the City University of New York (CUNY), Princeton, Munich University, Freie Universität Berlin, and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
In his 2011 State of the Union Address, President Obama set the national goal to generate 80 percent of electricity from clean energy sources by 2035; the German government recently outlined its long-term energy concept which envisions full energy import independence and a 60 percent renewable energies share by 2050; the City of San Francisco launched an initiative aiming at a 100 percent renewables supply within just a decade; and under the motto “growth with foresight,“ Hamburg, this year Europe’s green capital, shows how urban development can be both economically beneficial and environmentally sustain-able. These are only a few examples illustrating that true leadership willing to tackle the twin challenges of climate change and energy security can be found on both sides of the Atlantic.
Welcome to the first edition of CONNECTED – a newsletter discussing climate and energy from a transatlantic perspective. With CONNECTED, partners adelphi and Worldwatch, headquartered in Berlin and Washington DC, will support the Transatlantic Climate Bridge, an initiative that since its inception in 2008 has promoted numerous activities by public authorities, the private sector, civil society, and academia in order to strengthen climate protection and energy security. CONNECTED aims to showcase and review policy and research initiatives that are aimed at low-emissions development. Opinion pieces, interviews, as well as reports on studies, dialogues and conferences will provide a regular update on the progress made toward building climate-compatible economies in Europe, the United States and beyond.
[I am co-editor of CONNECTED, together with Dennis Taenzler. Please find the full first issue of CONNECTED here]