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Interview: “Back from the future”

“Germany plans to be carbon-neutral in 20-30 years. What would that look like though, in concrete terms? With her colleague Aram Kalhori and 35 other researchers from the Helmholtz Climate Initiative, Nadine Mengis took an unusual trip to the year 2050 – to an imaginary Germany that has reached “Net-Zero” and no longer contributes to climate change. The scientists did not need a crystal ball to do this. They used the backcasting approach, as Nadine Mengis explained to us.”

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Net-zero 2050 in Helmholtz Klima Initiative

The Helmholtz Klima Initiative hosts the Net-Zero 2050 project to investigate how Germany can be CO2-neutral by 2050. In this context Nadine contributed as follows.

Nadine coordinated and co-authored the project brief #2 on defining the German carbon budget.

Nadine co-authored the project brief #3 on avoided and removed emissions.

Nadine co-authored the project brief #4 on defining the scenario approach.

Nadine co-authored the policy brief on “spatial heterogeneity – challenge and opportunity for net-zero Germany”.

TED talk about Carbon Budget

Nadines TEDxESMT Berlin talk


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