Mr. Alexander Ochs

Alexander Ochs is Director of Climate and Energy at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, DC, where he leads a growing team of researchers, is a member of the Institute’s management team, a chief editor of the renowned Re|Volt blog and a co-editor of the transatlantic newsletter Connected. His areas of expertise include climate, energy and environment policies of many African nations, Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, China, India, Europe, and North America; international climate negotiations; energy roadmaps, sustainable development and low-carbon growth strategies; global governance and U.N. reform; transatlantic relations; North-South and South-South cooperation; environmental security.

A co-editor of three books, director of two documentary films, author of numerous scholarly articles, and frequently contributor to public media, Alexander currently also acts as President of the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks (FACET), senior fellow at the American Institute for Contemporary German Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and adjunct lecturer in George Washington University’s Sustainable Urban Planning Program. He has held senior research and teaching positions at the Center for Clean Air Policy and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP)  as well as CUNY, Munich, Princeton, Freie and Humboldt universities. Alexander has been on many international advisory boards, was a member of the German delegation to the UN climate negotiations, an Aspen Institute Young Leader and an elected member of tt-30. In 2011, he received the Sustainable Future Award of the Austrian Academic Forum for Foreign Affairs. In 2012, he has been appointed to a high-level commission evaluating the French National Research Agency (ANR).

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The End of the Atomic Dream: One Year After Fukushima, the Shortfalls of Nuclear Energy Are Clearer Than Ever


The anniversary of the nuclear disaster in Fukushima prompts Non-Resident Fellow to look for an energy policy that is “economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable.”

America’s Opposite Hand: Germany’s Parties Agree on the Necessity of Environmental Protection and a Green New Deal


“The political system pushes the parties toward the middle,” “party homogeneity is
rather weak” … in Germany’s antiquated libraries, students might pick up these
messages from text books about the U.S. political system. We all know that today’s
reality is a different one. Over the last twenty-five years or so, the U.S. electorate has
drifted further and further apart. The election of Ronald Reagan marks the beginning
of the U.S. shift to the right in the 1980s. The two Bush presidents and even Bill
Clinton—“it’s the economy, stupid!”—continued Reagan’s doctrine of the supremacy of
a preferably untamed capitalism. The chimera of “the invisible hand of the market” has
become an imperative of all political action, and arguably hit the “soft issue” of
environmental protection even more than others …

Overcoming the Lethargy: Climate Change, Energy Security, and the Case for a Third Industrial Revolution


Climate change is one of the most important challenges that the world faces today. In addition to the war in Iraq, climate policy was also one of the primary causes of the transatlantic rift. President George W. Bush’s refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol in 2002 was met with complete European incomprehension; in turn, international cooperation on policies combating climate change lacked key U.S. support in the following years. But a new U.S. administration in 2009 could offer a new signal for U.S.-European cooperation on policies combating global warming. Germany, at the forefront of developing alternative energy sources and energy efficient technology, leads European efforts to decrease green house gases—making German-American cooperation on climate policies essential…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? Europe, the United States, and China at the World Climate Conference


The picture drawn by the media of the main protagonists at the UN conference on climate change in Bali was reminiscent of Sergio Leone’s famous spaghetti western. In one corner of the stand-off, a tenacious and uppity Europe, convinced that she will succeed. Then there was America, with her presumptuous plan to either get her own way or obstruct everyone else’s. And finally, China; recently declared the world’s number one greenhouse gas emitter, she insisted on her right to pollute even more in the future…