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25.10.2020Press release: 156/2020

Federal Research Minister congratulates this year’s award winners

The winners of the German Environment Prize 2020. © DBU Today, Sunday, the German Environment Prize 2020 of the German Federal Environment Foundation (DBU) will be awarded in Hanover. The economist and climate researcher Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer, Head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC), receives the award together with Annika and Hugo Sebastian Trappmann, Managing Directors of Blechwarenfabrik Limburg. The entomologist Dr. Martin Sorg from the Entomological Association Krefeld e.V. 1905 was also awarded the honorary prize of the German Federal Environmental Foundation. Federal Research Minister Anja Karliczek explains: “I congratulate Mr Edenhofer and the Trappmann siblings on the German Environment Prize 2020 and Mr Sorg on the honorary award! With this year’s awards, the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt is strengthening the transfer of knowledge between research, business and society on issues of sustainability. I am very pleased that with Mr. Edenhofer and Mr. Sorg, two scientists are represented, who are also funded in their research by the Federal Ministry of Research. Ottmar Edenhofer sets an example of how clear statements for a future-oriented climate and energy policy can be derived from excellent scientific work. His involvement in political advice is groundbreaking. It is representative and exemplary for the effective transfer of the results of climate research into the political arena and practice. With his contributions to the design of political instruments for climate and energy policy as well as to questions of justice, he repeatedly provides important food for thought. The siblings Annika and Hugo Sebastian Trappmann and the Blechwarenfabrik Limburg show how climate and resource protection can be combined with economic success. They use the opportunities of digitization profitably and lead to innovations in the company. As a curator and board member of the Entomological Association Krefeld e.V. in 1905, Martin Sorg made a contribution to the current situation of insects, as the most diverse class of the animal kingdom, which was recognized across borders. This contribution drew the world’s public attention to the topic of biodiversity and put it right at the top of the political agenda. This is an indescribable success for a voluntary association. ”Background: The German Environment Prize of the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) is endowed with 500,000 euros, making it the most valuable environmental prize in Europe. With it, the DBU has been honoring achievements of personalities who contribute or have contributed to the protection of the environment since 1993. It is awarded annually by Prof. Dr. Ottmar Edenhofer is Professor of Climate Economics at the Technical University of Berlin and has headed the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) together with the Swedish environmental scientist Johan Rockström since 2019. In 2012 he was also appointed director of the “Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change” (MCC), jointly founded by Stiftung Mercator and PIK in Berlin. From 2008 to 2015 Prof. Edenhofer was one of the co-chairs of Working Group III for the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). In July 2018, Mr. Edenhofer was awarded the Romano Guardini Prize by the Catholic Academy in Bavaria. Since 2019 he has been chairman of the steering committee of the science platform climate protection together with Prof. Sabine Schlacke. He is one of the most exposed scientific consultants in the national and international debate on climate change. Prof. Edenhofer is currently coordinating the Kopernikus project “ARIADNE – Evidence-based Assessment for the Shaping of the German Energy Transition”, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) will, a major interdisciplinary project in which more than 160 scientists from different disciplines, such as law, politics, economics and communication sciences as well as energy technology, show possible ways towards a climate-neutral and sustainable energy supply. On the one hand, the project is intended to create a better understanding of the effects of individual political measures and policy paths, and on the other, to provide an overall picture of the technologies, instruments and the regulatory and social framework of the energy transition. The participation of stakeholders and citizens is an important foundation. Over the entire duration, ARIADNE will involve the various actors from research, politics and society in order to draw a comprehensive picture of relevant policy alternatives and their effects. Martin Sorg holds a doctorate in biology and works as a specialist advisor, expert, author and media designer on topics related to the protection of biotopes and species. In particular, the involvement and information of the public is important to him. As curator of the Entomological Association Krefeld eV 1905, he made an appearance in particular through the Krefeld study published in 2017, in which the extent of the decline in insects – especially in nature reserves – was shown based on long-term observations. The reasons for the decline in insects, especially in nature reserves, are scientific not yet satisfactorily documented. The BMBF has therefore taken up the topic as part of the research initiative for the preservation of biodiversity (FEdA) and is funding a consortium of universities together with the Naturschutzbund Deutschland (NABU) in the DINA project (research into the causes of the decline in insect biomass and diversity in protected areas) and the Entomological Association Krefeld eV 1905. Mr. Sorg is head of the sub-project of the Entomological Association Krefeld.


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