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Matthias Duwe

MSc (Development Studies)

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Matthias Duwe arbeitet als Head, Climate, für das Ecologic Institut und koordiniert die klimapolitische Arbeit des Instituts. Sein Arbeitsschwerpunkt liegt auf Klima- und Energiepolitik der Europäischen Union (EU) und deren Verknüpfungen zur nationalen Ebene wie auch zu den internationalen Verhandlungen. Als Beobachter folgt er bereits seit 1999 aktiv den internationalen Klimaverhandlungen. Er verfügt über mehr als zwanzig Jahre Erfahrung in der EU-Klimapolitik, davon jeweils über ein Jahrzehnt in Brüssel und Berlin, respektive. Er ist ein versierter Redner und Moderator und arbeitet sowohl auf Deutsch als auch auf Englisch.

Am Ecologic Institut ist Matthias als Projektleiter und Experte für eine Vielzahl von Projekten tätig, die sich mit der EU-Klimapolitik und ihrer nationalen Umsetzung sowie der internationalen Klimadiplomatie beschäftigen. Seit 2016 liegt sein Hauptaugenmerk auf verschiedenen Aspekten transformativer Klimagovernance: Klimarahmengesetze, langfristige Klimastrategien, nationale Energie- und Klimapläne und Beratungsgremien, aber auch Fortschrittskontrollsysteme und Policy Mainstreaming. Er hat seine Analysen vor Entscheidungsträgern in ganz Europa präsentiert.

Darüber hinaus unterrichtet Matthias seine Forschungsthemen regelmäßig, zum Beispiel im Rahmen der Beteiligung des Ecologic Instituts an "Duke in Berlin" oder durch individuelle Schulungen. Matthias beteiligt sich auch an Diskussionen über die Rolle der Zivilgesellschaft in der Klimapolitik und ihren Entscheidungsprozessen.

Vor seiner Tätigkeit für das Ecologic Institut war Matthias Duwe von 2001 bis 2011 beim Climate Action Network Europe (CAN Europe) beschäftigt, einem führenden Dachverband von Nichtregierungsorganisationen - anfänglich als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter und politischer Referent und ab 2005 als Geschäftsführer des Brüsseler Sekretariats.

Im Laufe seiner Zeit in Brüssel hat Matthias Duwe viele politische Prozesse auf EU-Ebene begleitet und aktiv an ihnen teilgenommen, wie etwa das European Climate Change Programme (ECCP) und das Klima- und Energiepaket. Er war an einer Reihe von EU-Arbeitsgruppen als Experte beteiligt, u. a. zu Themen wie alternative Kraftstoffe, Kohlenstoffabscheidung und -speicherung sowie Wasserstofftechnologie.  Zudem arbeitete er sechs Jahre im Vorstand von Climate Action Network International (CAN International).

Aus seiner Arbeit in Brüssel brachte Matthias ein weitreichendes Netzwerk an Kontakten in allen Akteursgruppen mit, das seit dem weiter ausgebaut wurde – aus Ministerien, Europäischer Kommission (EK), Europäischem Parlament (EP), Wirtschaft, Forschung und Zivilgesellschaft – auch über die europäischen Grenzen hinaus.

Matthias Duwe studierte Sozialwissenschaften mit Schwerpunkt Umweltpolitik und Umweltplanung an der Carl von Ossietzky Universität in Oldenburg und erhielt im Jahr 2000 einen Master of Sciences in Entwicklungsstudien von der School of Oriental and African Sciences (SOAS) der University of London.

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Selected projects by Matthias Duwe
 

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The EU has agreed to become climate neutral by 2050. Achieving climate neutrality in the next 30 years is a great societal, economic and political undertaking, presenting many challenges and opportunities. The Climate Recon 2050 project addresses the central process of... Read more
 

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To achieve climate neutrality by 2050, EU policy will have to be reoriented – from incremental towards structural change. As expressed in the European Green Deal, the challenge is to initiate the necessary transformation to climate neutrality in the coming years, while... Read more

Transformative Policies for a Climate-neutral European Union (4i-TRACTION)

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A Climate Neutral Europe by 2050 – a possible vision for the future? On 28 November 2018, the European Commission published analysis to underpin a new long-term strategy (LTS) on climate policy for the EU, laying out a vision of how to decarbonize the European... Read more
Selected publications by Matthias Duwe
 

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Achieving climate neutrality requires structural changes to our economic system, with solutions that work across sectors. Correspondingly, measuring progress and designing policy towards the EU's net zero ambition requires a framework that captures the complexity of the... Read more

Duwe, Matthias; Eike Karola Velten, Isabel Haase, Nicolas Berghmans, Nick Evans and Deyana Spasova (2021): Measuring progress towards climate neutrality. Ecologic Institute, Berlin / IDDRI, Paris

 
No two climate laws are the same, but an analysis of nine existing laws in Europe finds that most draw on a set of common design elements to streamline action, align policy goals, establish expert and public review mechanisms and monitor progress towards national... Read more

Duwe, Matthias and Evans, Nicholas (2020): Climate Laws in Europe: Good Practices in Net-Zero Management. Berlin, Den Haag.

 
Climate governance systems in Europe: the role of national advisory bodies

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The number of scientific climate advisory bodies is growing rapidly across European countries, including the establishment of one at the EU-level. Under the right conditions, such expert councils can help governments not only make the right climate policy decisions but... Read more

Evans, Nick; Matthias Duwe (2021): 'Climate governance systems in Europe: the role of national advisory bodies'. Ecologic Institute, Berlin; IDDRI, Paris.

 
This case study, prepared by Ecologic Institute and published by World Resources Institute (WRI) describes the status quo and relevant recent developments at the EU and national levels on long-term climate strategies, detailing relevant insights on legal obligations,... Read more

Matthias Duwe and Ewa Iwaszuk, Ecologic Institute. 2019. "LTS in Europe: Experience from National and EUwide 2050 Climate Planning."

 
There are many promising ways in which the next EU budget could help EU Member States achieve their climate and energy targets. Explicitly targeting EU public spending towards climate could send a signal to other investors, creating a shift in financial flows. Existing... Read more

Duwe, Matthias 2018: Result Oriented Spending for the Climate: Creating strong connections between the EU budget and National Energy and Climate Plans. Berlin: Ecologic Institute.

 
The European Union (EU) is more than the sum of its parts. With the rise of nationalistic ideals and populist sentiment within and outside its borders—now more than ever, it stands for far more than an experiment in regional cooperation. A contentious history... Read more

Görlach, Benjamin; Matthias Duwe and Nick Evans 2016: Frameworks for Regional Co-operation: The EU. In: Robert E. Looney (ed.): Handbook of Transitions to Energy and Climate Security. Routledge: New York. 79-96.

 
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The European Union is currently pursuing two important processes that can mutually support one another: implementing its 2030 climate and energy targets and defining the EU budget for the years 2021-2027. An Ecologic Institute analysis points out several ways to... Read more

Duwe, Matthias 2018: Bringing Paris into the future MFF: how to maximise the benefits of EU funding for the achievement of EU climate objectives. Integrating the 2021-2027 MFF and the new 2030 energy and climate target governance. Ecologic Institute: Berlin.

 
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Governments around the world are seeking to improve the way they organize their climate policy-making. Many countries are adopting national framework laws to do so. Choosing the right design is key for making these laws effective. This paper provides an update on the... Read more

Duwe, M. & Evans, N. (2021). Professionalizing Climate Policy via Legislation: Good Practices in Long-Term National Climate Framework Laws. Policy Paper Series "Shaping the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy: Perspectives from Israel and Germany". Israel Public Policy Institute and Heinrich Böll Foundation Tel Aviv.

 
A new paper by Öko-Institute and Ecologic Institute contributes to the upcoming discussion on the EU climate target for 2030 and the accompanying review of central policy instruments and governance structure. A successful implementation of a climate-neutrality... Read more

Gores, S., Fallasch, F., Siemons, A., Duwe, M., Evans, N. 2020: Turning Points for the Ambition of European Climate Targets. Getting granular on the process and identifiying cornerstones for discussion, Studie im Auftrag des Bundesministerium für Umwelt, Naturschutz und nukleare Sicherheit, Berlin: Öko Institut and Ecologic Institute.

 
Governments around the world have already adopted long-term climate frameworks, many in legal form. Many others are in the process of developing similar laws or strategies. These overarching long-term frameworks are critical to effectively implementing the Paris... Read more

Duwe et al. (2017) "Paris compatible" governance: long-term policy frameworks to drive transformational change. Ecologic Institute. Berlin.

 
A report by Ecologic Institute and Climact shows that the draft National Energy and Climate Plans presented by governments at the start of 2019 are in acute need of improvement. They suffer from inadequate targets and insufficient details on the policies and financing... Read more

Duwe, Matthias; Eike Karola Velten, Nick Evans, Mona Freundt, Julien Pestiaux, Benoît Martin, Pascal Vermeulen (2019): Planning for net-zero: Assessing the Draft National Energy and Climate Plans. Berlin, Louvain-la-Neuve, Bruessels.

 
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The long-term transformation to a low-carbon economy requires innovation in technology and existing practices in all sectors of the economy. The Innovation Fund under the EU Emissions Trading System is meant to support such innovation projects in industry and energy.... Read more

Duwe, Matthias; Ostwald, Robert (2017): The Innovation Fund: how can it support low-carbon industry in Europe: Design recommendations for the successor instrument to the NER 300 in Phase 4 of the EU ETS. Ecologic Institute, Berlin.

 
In late November 2018, the European Commission published a "strategic vision" for a European economy with net-zero emissions by 2050 – this factsheet provides an overview of those documents. It explains, summarises, and evaluates the scenarios, proposals, and... Read more

Federal Environment Agency (2018). Fact Sheet: EU 2050 strategic vision "A Clean Planet for All". Brief Summary of the European Commission proposal. Berlin: 10 December 2018.

 
Ecologic Institute's new research paper provides a comprehensive overview and assessment of the Paris Agreement, including the agreed next steps, an outlook on implementation and key political messages. It is now available for download. Key messages are: The... Read more

Bodle, Ralph, Lena Donat and Matthias Duwe (2016). The Paris Agreement: Analysis, Assessment and Outlook. German Federal Environment Agency (UBA) Research Paper. Dessau-Roßlau: Umweltbundesamt.

Selected events by Matthias Duwe
 

○ A Climate Neutral Europe

On 26 March 2021 the Climate Recon 2050 Platform hosted an online debate with the European Commission and national government experts, discussing the impact of the climate neutrality target on EU climate policy and national planning processes. The virtual discussion,... Read more

Digital Event:A Climate Neutral Europe by 2050

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The Ecologic Institute and the European Climate Foundation (ECF) hold an online conference on the forthcoming EU Climate Law. The European Commission's proposal for a European climate law was discussed  with insight from experts and policy-makers and followed up by... Read more
Selected presentations by Matthias Duwe
 

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Countries around the world are considering the introduction of national framework laws to make their climate policy more effective. A debate is underway in Israel on the adoption of such a climate law, to establish a clear institutional set-up and regular processes for... Read more

Speech:Professionalizing Climate Policy

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On 4 December 2017, Matthias Duwe presented insights on national climate laws to inform Spanish debate gained from a joint research effort on long-term climate frameworks at a roundtable discussion organized by the renowned thing tank Elcano Royal Institute. He joined... Read more

Speech:"Paris Compatible" Governance: insights from climate law case studies

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Ecologic Institute

In the webinar series "Why do we need a climate law?" Matthias Duwe, Head Climate at Ecologic Institute, presented three key elements of a sound climate law: (1) the coordination of long-term planning and short-term policy, (2) monitoring progress, and (3) mechanisms... Read more
 
Climate change and artificial intelligence (AI) are two intensely debated topics, but mostly treated by separate communities. While climate change is one of the most urgent and pressing challenges the world is facing, AI is creating new opportunities for all sectors,... Read more