Getting through the crisis: with the right goals in mind

Andreas Kuhlmann
22.04.2020

Once again, the world finds itself in crisis mode. The 21st century is still young, but has already seen plenty of crises, each of which has been noteworthy in its own right. This crisis is particularly immediate, and therefore very dramatic as well. A virus has turned the world upside down. It is a matter of life and death. Points of weakness become evident, in the health care system, but also in the political structure. The cooperation between countries, the approach to a global problem, is not yet working as it should. This is something with which we are familiar from climate policy.

Managing the coronavirus crisis and protecting human life currently has top priority. The picture of …

Andreas Kuhlmann

Deutsche Energie-Agentur GmbH (dena)
Andreas Kuhlmann has been the CEO of dena since July 2015. Andreas Kuhlmann (born in Recklinghausen in 1967, catholic, married, one daughter) majored...

Coronavirus/climate/innovation: why we have to save tomorrow's rescuers today

Alexander Bonde
20.04.2020

It is only a few days since the German federal government launched a multi-billion Euro rescue package to cushion the consequences of the coronavirus crisis on businesses. And absolutely rightly so, as it is in the interests of society as a whole to successfully guide healthy businesses through these difficult times. These rescue measures also fulfil an important role in terms of the climate crisis: they ensure we have important drivers of innovation for the challenges of tomorrow. To counter the climate crisis, we require more businesses that develop ecological, sustainable products, services and business models. In Germany, these are frequently SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) …

Alexander Bonde

German Federal Environmental Foundation (Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt, DBU)
Alexander Bonde is General Secretary of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) in Osnabrück. The largest environmental foundation in Europe promotes...

Ecology of data: we should use the coronavirus crisis as an opportunity to make digitalisation beneficial for sustainability

Henning Banthien
20.04.2020

In times of upheaval, we see developmental trends in a magnifying glass. The question isn't just what the coronavirus crisis “does to us”; on the contrary, “what we do” with the crisis is far more relevant. The momentum of the crisis should be used to turn the juxtaposition and partial opposition of two very important developmental trends into a collaborative process for creating something new: We need to be building synergies from the interaction of digitalisation and sustainability! Both developments – digitalisation and sustainability – are based on similar basic principles. It therefore is no accident that both fields make use of the “ecosystem” concept. The sustainability community …

Henning Banthien

IFOK GmbH
Henning Banthien joined the IFOK team in 1996. In January 2009 he became a Managing Partner at IFOK. Since 2015 he also serves as Secretary General of...

COVID-19: let’s make sure we don’t learn the wrong lesson

Geoffrey Boulton
Dr. Heide Hackmann
16.04.2020

We are in the midst of one of the biggest global wake-up calls in history, threatening both individual lives and entire economic and social systems. Let’s make sure we don’t learn the wrong lesson. It’s not just a public health emergency. It’s something bigger. It’s nature telling us that the new global ecology that we have created through our ravaging of Earth’s resources holds great risks for humanity. It’s telling us that local impacts of our actions are transmitted through the global ocean, the global atmosphere and though global cultural, economic, trade and travel networks to become global impacts. It’s telling us that national solutions alone are quite inadequate, that viruses and …

Geoffrey Boulton

International Science Council
Regius Professor of Geology Emeritus, University of Edinburgh; Research in geology/glaciology of environmental change; Governing Board member of the...

Dr. Heide Hackmann

International Science Council
Dr. Heide Hackmann is the CEO of the International Science Council, having previously been the Executive Director of the International Council for...

Use the economic stimulus package to build resilient, climate-friendly economic structures

Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick
14.04.2020

Work is currently underway worldwide to stop COVID-19 from spreading and to develop a suitable vaccine. This is absolutely right and important, and is as much a top priority as maintaining the functioning of the public health system and providing care for people who have fallen ill with the virus.

At the same time, the huge shortterm economic consequences of the corona-virus crisis must be tackled with suitable instruments so that businesses in the country remain able to operate and can contribute to the country’s economic recovery after the crisis. This requires straightforward, pragmatic and unbureaucratic efforts so as to achieve a sufficiently rapid response and breadth of impact.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick

Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy
Manfred Fischedick is Scientific Managing Director of the Wuppertal Institute and Professor at the Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the...