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Who's Who in Environmental Science

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker

von Weizsäcker

Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, b. 1939, is a prominent German scientist and politician. He has been a university lecturer, politician, UN policy-maker, and author.

    • Nationality
    • German

    • Subject
    • Sustainability

    • Fields
    • physics, chemistry, economics, policy

    • Distinction/Qualifications
    • WWF Gold Medal, 1986

      German Environment Award, 2008

      Bavarian Conservation Prize for his work for climate change and sustainable economy, 2015

    • Positions
    • Member of the Club of Rome since 1991, president since 2012.

      Member of the German Parliament (SPD - Socialist Party of Germany), 1998 - 2005.

    • Associations
    • Professor Weizsäcker holds and has held many important positions, including:

      1991 till 2000 President of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, Energy.

      1984 till 1991 director of the European Environmental Policy Institute (Direktor des Instituts für Europäische Umweltpolitik).

      co-chairman of the International Resource Panel for the UNEP (UN Environment Programme).

      Honorary member of the World Future Council

    • Publications
    • Earth Politics (1994)

      Factor Four: Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use (1995), the new report from the Club of Rome (Faktor Vier. Doppelter Wohlstand – halbierter Naturverbrauch. Der neue Bericht an den Club of Rome), with Amory B. Lovins und L. Hunter Lovins.

      Factor 5, the formula for sustainable development (2009) (Faktor Fünf. Die Formel für nachhaltiges Wachstum)

      Limits to Privatization (2005)

    • Theories/Experiments
    • Factor Four: in order to ensure a sustainable economic future, mankind must reduce its consumption and increase its efficient use of resources by a factor of four.

    • Website
    • http://ernst.weizsaecker.de/