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Professor at Freie Universität Appointed to Berlin Government’s Climate Advisory Board

Director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre, Miranda Schreurs, Advises Berlin Senate on Climate Change Policy

№ 391/2012 from Dec 21, 2012

The political scientist Professor Miranda Schreurs of Freie Universität Berlin has been appointed to the Berlin government’s Climate Advisory Board. Together with 15 other independent experts who work in science, research, and the energy economy and who deal with issues related to climate, the environment, and energy, Schreurs will contribute to the development of a strategy for implementing the energy transition and for dealing with the consequences of climate change in Berlin. The long-term goal of the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and Environment is to make Berlin a climate-neutral city by the year 2050.

Environmental Senator Michael Müller emphasized that climate change is an important issue for the Berlin Senate and said he aims to draw on the expertise of the expert advisory board in developing concepts and programs. In the near future the advisory board will work on a feasibility study with regard to the climate neutrality envisioned for Berlin. This will be followed up with the development of a policy directed toward the sustainable use of energy and climate protection as well as creating the necessary legal framework. Furthermore, the board will advise the Senate on the establishment of a multidisciplinary network for monitoring the impacts of climate change in Berlin.

Miranda Schreurs joined the faculty of Freie Universität Berlin in 2007. She is a professor of comparative political science and the director of the university's Environmental Policy Research Centre. Originally from the United States, she has lived and worked in the U.S., Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands. She has conducted research and taught at Harvard University, Utrecht University, Keio University, Chuo University, and Rikkyo University. Her main fields of research are comparative environmental policy analysis, comparative climate policy, renewable energy and energy efficiency policy, and environmental governance. Since 2011 she has chaired the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils.

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Miranda Schreurs, Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-56654, Email: