Brigitte Knopf

Brigitte Knopf

Dr. Brigitte Knopf is Secretary General of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) located in Berlin. Before joining MCC in 2015, she was deputy head of the research domain Sustainable Solutions at the Potsdam-Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and head of the group Energy Strategies Europe and Germany.

She holds a PhD in physics. Her recent work focusses on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In the context of the G20 process, she coordinates the Think20 Task Force on Climate Policy and Finance and develops strategies how carbon pricing could support not only climate change mitigation, but also help to finance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

In 2014, she coordinated the Euro-CASE assessment of the EU emissions trading scheme. As an expert for the German Energiewende and European climate and energy policy, from 2013-2014 she led an international model comparison on the effects of technology choices on EU climate policy that explores EU’s 2030 climate targets. From 2007-2010 she coordinated one of the first global model comparisons on the technical feasibility of the 2°C target.

Brigitte Knopf is also interested in scientific policy advice and the design of the science-policy interface. From 2009 to 2011 she was Senior Advisor of the Technical Support Unit of the IPCC Working Group III for preparing the IPCC Special Report on Renewables. She is also contributing author in IPCC’s Fifths Assessment Report of Working Group III on the Mitigation of Climate Change.