Public event

Green growth: technological innovation, market incentives and investments for a green economy

Join the first event of a series on economic growth and climate change, organised by the student-led d\carb – Future Economy Forum and hosted by the Centre for Sustainability at the Hertie School with Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change) and Prof. Cameron Hepburn (Institute for New Economic Thinking, Oxford Martin School, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment).

Green growth aims to decouple economic growth from greenhouse gas emissions, resource use, and other ecological impacts - at a pace and scale sufficient to avoid catastrophic consequences of global warming, stop species extinction, soil erosion and other ecological devastation. In short, green growth aims at stopping all environmental degradation within the next few years, while our economies keep growing. Ideally, this will even benefit economic growth. The basic assumption is that it will be achievable by implementing measures that foster innovation and development of carbon-neutral and resource-efficient technologies, appropriate pricing of environmental externalities to correct for market failures, and massive investments in renewable energy infrastructure and decarbonization more generally.

In this event, which will kick off the series, two academic thought-leaders in the field of green growth will present their arguments and ideas for what they believe is needed to make developed economies green.


  • Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer is a leading expert in the field of the economics of climate change. He is Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research as well as Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change and Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin.
  • Prof. Cameron Hepburn is a renowned Oxford economist with expertise in energy, resources, climate and the environment, advising governments, corporations and international institutions. He is the Director of the Economics of Sustainability Programme, based at the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School, and Director and Professor of Environmental Economics at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment.


  • Johanna Schiele, McCloy-Fellow, Harvard University.


On the Future Economy Forum

How can our economy transition towards a more sustainable future? The student-led d\carb – Future Economy Forum provides a platform for the societal discourse around this question. It stands for a scientifically informed and critical discussion, which is visible and accessible for the wider public. We aim to contribute to the political debate and catalyze change towards more sustainable economies in Germany and around the globe.