Chairman of the advisory board
Climate protection is a question of existence for mankind and nature; at the same time, technological leadership is the guarantee of survival for the German economy. The reconciliation of ecology, economy and social issues through sustainable growth must therefore become concrete. We must pursue the 1.5 degree target with a binding regulatory framework for massively accelerated innovations. EPICO KlimaInnovation will develop credible concepts for this purpose.
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Former State Secretary
Achieving sustainability through social and technological innovations must be at the core of an ambitious climate policy in view of the 1.5 degree target. I look forward to the inputs from EPICO Climate Innovation.
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Chairman of the Board, RWE AG
Our world is becoming increasingly complex, interconnected and political. It is good to have a structured platform for networking and neutral knowledge transfer. And this on the foundation of the conviction that the market and market-based instruments usually produce the better solutions.
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President of the RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research
In order to orient Germany and Europe towards climate neutrality in just a few decades, we must succeed in pursuing this goal without compromise on the one hand, while at the same time safeguarding the economic performance of our national economy and the coherence of our society. The key is to embed the goal of sustainability in our liberal, social and market-based economic and social order.
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Deputy Chairwoman of the CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag
On the way to Green Zero, we need drive, courage and innovation. For me, digitalisation and sustainability are two sides of the same coin. Whether it is smart innovations or more efficient resource management: I look forward to developing joint concepts for a digital climate and sustainability policy at EPICO.
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Spokesman for Climate Policy of the FDP Parliamentary Group in the German Bundestag
Climate protection is the goal - innovation and technological progress the way to achieve it. To promote both, market-based instruments are needed to ensure that we reach the 1.5 degree target without having to sacrifice economic growth and well-being. The strategies developed by EPICO can make an important contribution to this.
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Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
For a structural change unparalleled in European economic history, we need to overcome the regulatory patchwork and create a new regulatory framework. In doing so, a comprehensive CO2 pricing can give Europe's climate and economic policy a new direction. The European Green Deal sends a clear message to investors and financial markets: Europe not only announces targets, it also wants to achieve them! Climate protection pays off!
Chief Technology Officer, Covestro AG
Openness to technology, innovative strength and competitiveness are central pillars of a successful climate policy. EPICO KlimaInnovation brings this urgently needed perspective to the political discussion in order to successfully achieve our common goal of climate neutrality.
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Chief Executive Officer, 50Hertz Transmission GmbH
Too often, we have relied primarily on command and control approach in the climate-friendly conversion of our energy systems. This often results in guard rails but rarely in real innovation. This is where EPICO KlimaInnovation can fill a gap with an approach that relies more on the creativity of the actors.
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Managing Director, Vaillant Group
Climate protection and economic growth are not contradictory. Energy efficiency and the increased use of renewable energies are the decisive factors for conserving resources and reducing CO2 emissions despite growth. For this, we need a market-based framework and openness to technology.
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