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Leading the way – the office of the Science Platform on Climate Protection

Expertise for politics and society
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With the Science Platform for Climate Protection-WPKS, the German government has created a body of experts to support it in the evaluation of climate protection measures and the further development of its long-term climate protection strategy. The platform's office, operated by DLR Projektträger, serves as an interface between politics and society.

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Germany wants to become climate neutral by 2045. This requires a radical restructuring of all economic sectors. This calls for technological innovations as well as changes in lifestyles and behaviour – and thus also broad social participation.

The Climate Protection Plan is the German government's long-term strategy for achieving these goals. Within the framework of the Climate Action Plan, the German government has set up the WPKS to facilitate an accompanying scientific process. A steering committee of eight renowned scientists provides scientific expertise and advice for the further development of the long-term strategy and networks with politics and society, for example through the Climate Protection Action Alliance, which was also established as part of the Climate Protection Plan.

Managing scientific climate policy

The staff of the office also advise the commissioning departments of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) on the further development of the platform and support exchange with society, for example within the framework of the Climate Protection Action Alliance. Furthermore, to ensure that the WPKS is also visible to the public, the office operates a website with all the information about the WPKS's work.

Regular exchange

The WPKS Steering Committee was appointed in 2019 by the Federal Minister for the Environment, Svenja Schulze, and the Federal Minister of Research, Anja Karliczek. Since then, regular exchange has been maintained between the steering committee and policy-makers, which increasingly involves the wider scientific community. In July 2020, a statement on a package of measures to stimulate the economy in the Corona pandemic was submitted and discussed with the state secretaries of the BMBF and BMU.

Main and Other Contacts

Contact at DLR Projektträger

Dr. Simon Wolf

Dr. Simon Wolf

Secretariat of the Science Platform Climate Protection
Environment and Sustainability
+49 30 67055 8183