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An Overview of the German Climate Change Program

Axel Friedrich, Ph.D., Environment, Transport, and Noise Division, German Environmental Protection Agency

February 05, 2007
Cal EPA Headquarters, 1001 "I" Street, Sacramento, CA



German policies and scientific initiatives in mitigating carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions will be reviewed in concert with other climate change directives within the European Union. A new measure will retrofit existing vehicles, which along with other directives, is designed to meet a proposed overall reduction of 40 percent by year 2020.

Speaker Biography

Axel Friedrich, Ph.D., currently heads the Environment, Transport, and Noise Division of the German Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Friedrich was the moving force behind the initial adaptation by Germany, and later Europe, of stringent standards for vehicles and fuels. Dr. Friedrich's unselfish willingness to share his knowledge and expertise with the international community has helped reduce air pollution not only in Europe but also the Americas and Asia. Dr. Friedrich has also been a moving force in helping to guide the European Union toward its adaptation and implementation of aggressive programs to address greenhouse gas emissions and global climate change. As the global threats posed by air pollution became more evident, he helped to launch World Bank programs to reduce air pollution in Asia and Latin America. In Europe, he has partnered with non-environmental organizations to confront air pollution under the rubric of sustainability. Dr. Friedrich was awarded the 2006 Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award because of his passionate interest in confronting air pollution and climate change on a global scale with comprehensive and multi-faceted approaches.

Dr. Friedrich is a Technical Chemist from the Technical University of Berlin. He has been with the Umweltbundesamt (UBA), the Federal Environment Agency of Germany for more than 27 years. Since 1994 he has been head of the division "Environment and Transport, Noise." This division deals with all transport related to environmental issues, including air pollution, noise and planning. Between 1993 and 1994 Dr. Friedrich was head of the section "Marine Environmental Protection" of the Agency. From 1990 to 1992 he was the head of the section "Refineries, Fuels and Reduction of Organic Compounds." Dr. Friedrich started his career after a job in the chemical industry in the Umweltbundesamt in the section "Reduction of Air Pollution from Traffic." Special interests include Sustainable Transport, Climate Gas Reduction, non-regulated emissions, and influence of fuels on emissions.

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