Press Release #21

Institute Director Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning appointed to Expert Council on Climate Issues

August 13, 2020

Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE and Professor for Solar Energy Systems at the University of Freiburg, was appointed to the new Expert Council on Climate Issues by the German Cabinet. The independent panel of experts, consisting of five scientists, will advise the German government on the implementation of Germany’s Climate Action Law.

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Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute of Solar Energy Systems ISE was appointed to the Expert Council on Climate Issues, an independent body that is to advise the German government.

"I am delighted to serve as a member in the Expert Council on Climate Issues and look forward to the possibility of advising and supporting the federal government on the way to achieving the climate protection goals,” says Prof. Dr. Hans-Martin Henning. "In particular, the research on energy technologies and on the transformation paths of the energy system, which Fraunhofer ISE has been carrying out for many years, provides an excellent basis for this task".

The tasks of the expert panel, which are governed by the Federal Climate Action Law, include reviewing the estimates of greenhouse gas emissions made by the Federal Environment Agency and making assumptions about the effects of immediate measures and climate protection programs on greenhouse gas reduction. The expert council will also state its opinion if the federal government amends the permissible annual emission quantities set down in the Climate Action Law, updates the climate action plan and decides on further climate action programs. In addition, the German parliament (Bundestag) or the federal government may commission the expert council to prepare special reports.

In addition to his work in the Expert Council on Climate Issues, Prof. Henning is a member of the scientific advisory board "Roadmap Efficiency Strategy 2050" of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Academy project "Energy Systems of the Future" (ESYS). Prof. Henning is spokesman of the Fraunhofer Energy Alliance, an association of 19 Fraunhofer Institutes that are engaged in various fields of energy research.