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Miranda Schreurs at Freie Universität Berlin Heads European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils

Director of Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) Aims for Unified Energy and Climate Policy in the European Union

№ 9/2011 from Jan 11, 2011

Professor Miranda Schreurs, director of the Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU) at Freie Universität Berlin, is the new Chair of the Steering Committee of the European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC). Around 30 councils from 16 European countries now participate in the EEAC network, originally set up in 1993 to provide independent and scientifically based advice on the environment and sustainable development. The councils were each appointed by their governments as independent advisers from science and society.

Miranda Schreurs stated she would advocate the Europeanization of environmental, energy, and sustainability policy. With this goal in mind, it is important for the EEAC to become much more visible and be the impetus for a sustainable Europe. Schreurs, a native of the United States, was in 2008 appointed by the German government to the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU), an expert advisory body reporting to the German federal government.

In previous years the EEAC network has supported European energy and climate policy, agricultural policy and nature conservation policy, marine conservation policy, and sustainable development policy. In 2011 the work will focus on preparations for the Rio+20 Earth Summit and the debate over green growth, i.e., economic growth in which renewable energies and environmentally friendly technologies are an important component.

In 2007 Schreurs left the University of Maryland and accepted an appointment as professor at Freie Universität Berlin. She has lived and worked in Japan, Germany, and the Netherlands. She has been a visiting researcher or a visiting professor at Harvard University, Utrecht University, Keio University, Chuo University, and Rikkyo University. In numerous publications Schreurs has analyzed and compared the environmental and climate protection policy of the European Union, Japan, and the United States.

Further Information

For further information and interview requests, please contact:

Professor Miranda Schreurs, Environmental Policy Research Centre (FFU), Freie Universität Berlin
Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 838-56654; Email: miranda.schreurs@fu-berlin.de