Alexander Ochs, Director, Climate and Energy Program

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Department: Research
Title: Director, Climate and Energy Program
Phone: +1 (202) 745-8092

Program Director

Alexander Ochs is Director of Climate and Energy at the Worldwatch Institute in Washington, D.C. where he leads a growing team of researchers and is a member of the Institute’s management team. Alexander currently also acts as President of the Forum for Atlantic Climate and Energy Talks (FACET), is an adjunct Lecturer at George Washington University, and a Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the Steering Committee of the Low Emissions Development Global Partnership (LEDS-GP) and Chair of its Energy Working Group. He is also an adviser to the German Government’s International Climate Initiative and on a number of other advisory boards.

Alexander studied at the Universities of Cologne and Munich where he graduated with a Magister Artium in political science, philosophy and literature. He held senior research and/or teaching positions at the Center for Clean Air Policy, Princeton University, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), City University of New York, as well as Freie and Humboldt universities in Berlin. At SWP, he founded the International Network to Advance Climate Talks (INTACT), a transatlantic initiative that over the years brought together hundreds of climate decision makers and experts from different professional backgrounds including policymaking, NGOs, industries, and academia. A co-editor of three books, author of numerous scholarly articles, director of two documentary films, and frequent contributor to public media, Alexander 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 served on a High-level Commission evaluating the French National Research Agency.

Alexander’s areas of expertise include climate, energy and environment policies of corporations, municipalities, provinces, countries and regions around the world; international climate negotiations; conventional and renewable energy technology, market trends, and policies; low-emissions growth strategies; transatlantic relations; global governance; UN reform; North-South and South-South cooperation; environmental security; human development indicators; international relations theory; discourse analysis. In 2010, he developed a methodology to design development pathways that are economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable. These Sustainable Energy Roadmaps have since been applied successfully in three countries as well as two world regions, with a number of new geographic areas upcoming.


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Selected Publications

  • Sustainable Electricity Roadmap for the Dominican Republic. Worldwatch Institute/International Climate Initiative. Forthcoming in Dec 2014 (with Matt Lucky et al).
  • Roadmap to a Sustainable Electricity System: Harnessing Haiti’s Sustainable Energy Resources. Worldwatch Institute/International Climate Initiative. Forthcoming in Nov 2014 (with Matt Lucky et al).
  • ECOWAS Renewable Energy Status Report & Executive Summary. ECREEE/REN-21. Nov 2014 (Project Director).
  • Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap (C-SERMS), Phase 1. Worldwatch Institute/CARICOM/IDB, Updated report. Forthcoming in Nov 2014 (with Katie Auth et al).
  • Study on the Development of the Renewable Energy Market in Latin America and the Caribbean under the IDB Climate Change Evaluation. IDB RFP #14-002. Sep 2014. (with Milena Gonzalez et al.)
  • Negotiating Climate Change as If Development Really Mattered. Outreach, COP-19, Warsaw, 18 Nov 2013.
  • Jamaica Sustainable Energy Roadmap: Pathways to an Affordable, Reliable, Low-Emission Electricity System. Worldwatch Institute/International Climate Initiative, Oct 2013 (with Shakuntala Makhijani et al).
  • Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap (C-SERMS), Phase 1. Worldwatch Institute/CARICOM/IDB, June 2013 (with Katie Auth et al).
  • The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America. Worldwatch Institute/INCAE/AEA/CDKN, Report. June 2013 (with Adam Dolezal et al).
  • Nuclear Power Recovers Slightly, But Global Future Uncertain. Vital Signs, Worldwatch Institute, October 2013 (with Michelle Ray).
  • Communicating Sustainability. Perspektiven der Nachhaltigkeit in Policik, Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft. Boehlau-Verlag, Vienna, February 2013 (Ed., with Josef Mantl & Senator Marc Pacheco).
  • Einleitung/Introduction. In: Communicating Sustainability. Ibid, p. 9-12/p.13-17.
  • Vom Ende der Welt bis an den Anfang der Glückseligkeit: Nachhaltigkeit verstehen, nachhaltig handeln. In: Communicating Sustainability. Ibid, p. 29-44.
  • Renewable Energy’s Natural Resource Impacts. In: State of the World 2013: Is Sustainability Still Possible? Worldwatch Institute, Washington, D.C. 2013, p.84 - 98 (with Shakuntala Makhijani).
  • Klimaschutz: Amerika taugt nicht mehr als Feindbild. Die Zeit, 30 Nov 2012.
  • More Energy for the Negotiations. Outreach, COP-18, Doha, 28 November 2012.7
  • A New Sustainable Energy Model. In: Commonwealth Ministers Reference Book 2012, Henley Media Group, London, 2012: p. 147-149.
  • United States climate policy: EPA regulations as an alternative pathway to comprehensive federal action? IDDRI/Science Po. Working Papers 15/11. Paris. (with C. Serre and E. Guerin).
  • Länderperspektive: Die Vereinigten Staaten. In: Nina Netzer & Judith Gouverneur (Hrsg.), Zwischen Anspruch und Wirklichkeit: Internationale Perspektiven vor der Weltklimakonferenz in Durban, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: November 2011, pp. 41-53.
  • Country Perspective: The United States. In: Nina Netzer & Judith Gouverneur (Eds.), Saving Tomorrow - Today? International Perspectives in the Run-Up to the UN Climate Change Conference 2011 in Durban, Friedrich Ebert Stiftung: October 2011, pp. 36-41.
  • Estrategia para un Sistema de Energía Sustentable: Aprovechamiento de los Recursos Eolicos y Solares de La Republica Dominicana. Worldwatch/Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America. Report. Aug. 2011 (with Xing Fu-Bertaux et al).
  • Roadmap to a Sustainable Electricity System: Harnessing the Dominican Republic’s Domestic Energy Resources. Worldwatch/Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America. Report. July 2011 (with Xing Fu-Bertaux et al).
  • Active, Innovative, Dissonant – and Effective? Multi-Level Climate Policy in North America. Climate Policy, 6/2011: pp. 1386-1388.
  • Sustainable Energy Roadmaps: Guiding the Global Shift to Domestic Renewables.Worldwatch Report #187, Washington DC, March 2011 (with Shakuntala Makhijani).
  • Alternating Currents: How Global and Domestic Energy Trends will Affect the European Union, the United States, and the Transatlantic Partnership in 2020. In: Dan Hamilton & Kurt Volker (Eds.)
  • Transatlantic  2020: A Tale of Four Futures, Washington, DC: Center for Transatlantic Relations, 2011: pp. 215-256 (with Shakuntala Makhijani).
  • Value of Fossil Fuel Subsidies Declines, National Bans Emerging. Vital Signs, 11 May 2011.
  • Green Growth in den USA: Die ideologische Spaltung steht der ökologischen Erneuerung Amerikas im Wege. Heinrich-Boell-Stiftung online. 3 May 2011.
  • Mapping the future: Why bidding farewell to fossil fuels is in our interests – and how it can be done. Climate Action 2010. London & Nairobi: UNEP & Sustainable Development International.
  • From Flop’enhagen to Can’tcun? US climate policy before the mid-term elections and the UN summit. Bridges vol. 27, Oct 2010
  • Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in China: Current Status and Prospects for 2020. Worldwatch Report 182, September 2010 (with Haibing Ma et al).
  • Glacial Melt and Ocean Warming Drive Sea Level Upward. Vital Signs, Jul 2010 (with John Mulrow & Shakuntala Makhijani).
  • Implications of a Low-Carbon Energy Transition for U.S. National Security. Worldwatch Policy Paper. April 2010.
  • Towards a Global Green Recovery – Supporting Green Technology Markets. Report commissioned by the Policy Planning Staff of the German Federal Foreign Office, Berlin: Atlantic Initiative, 26 August 2009.
  • America’s Opposite Hand: Germany’s Parties Agree on the Necessity of Environmental Protection and a Green New Deal. Washington, DC: AICGS Transatlantic Perspectives, June 2009.
  • Auf der Suche nach neuen Verbündeten: Führungsmächte als Partner deutscher Klimapolitik. Günther Maihold/Stefan Mair (Eds.), Kooperation Deutschlands mit Führungsmächten des Südens, Nomos, Baden-Baden: 2008.
  • Overcoming the Lethargy: Climate Change, Energy Security, and the Case for a Third Industrial Revolution. AICGS policy report #34, Washington: July 2008.
  • European Climate Diplomacy: The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead. European Foreign Policy Challenges, European Council on Foreign Relations, Brussels, 2008.
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly? Europe, the United States, and China at the World Climate Conference. FACET Commentary No. 6/2008
  • Felix Chr. Matthes & Lewis J. Perelman, Short-Term Solutions to the Climate and Energy Challenge, AICGS Policy Report #37. 2008. (Editor and foreword)
  • Bruce A. McCarl & Tobias Plieninger, Bioenergy in the United States and Germany, AICGS Policy Report #36. 2008. (Editor and foreword)
  • Joseph E. Aldy, Camilla Bausch & Michael Mehling, Climate Change and Energy Security: Lessons Learned, AICGS Policy Report #35. 2008. (Editor and foreword)
  • Europa Riding the Hegemon? Transatlantic Climate Policy Relations. Davis B. Bobrow (Ed.), Hegemony Constained: Evasion, Modification, and resistance to American Foreign Policy, University of Pittsburgh Press: Pittsburgh 2008, revised reprint of a 2005 working paper of the Matthew B. Ridgway Center for International Security Studies.
  • The Failures of American and European Climate Policy: International Norms, Domestic Politics, and Unachievable Commitments. Global Environmental Politics, Vol. 7, No. 4, November 2007, pp. 149-151.
  • Nach Nairobi: Wie weiter in der internationalen Klimapolitik? SWP, Berlin, 2007.
  • Konflikt statt Kooperation? Die transatlantischen Umweltbeziehungen. Thomas Jäger et al (Eds.), Transatlantische Beziehungen, Wiesbaden 2005: p. 235-52 (w. Markus Schaper).
  • Gleneagles: Neue Chance im Kampf gegen die globale Erwärmung. SWP, Berlin, 2005.
  • Wanted: Leadership. Alex Riechel/Aldo Venturelli (Eds), Building a Foundation for Climate Policy, Loveno 2005, p. 51-62.
  • From Mars and Venus Down to Earth. David Michel, Climate Policy for the 21st Century, Brookings: Washington, DC 2005: p. 35-76.9
  • Global Governance in the Issue Area of Climate Change. René Gradwohl & Christoph Pohlmann (Eds.), Renaissance of Transatlantic Relations – Perspectives of a New Partnership, Berlin 2004: p. 13-21.
  • Towards a Transatlantic Consensus on Climate Change. Loveno di Menaggio, Italy, 2004 (w. Aldo Venturelli).
  • Global Governance and Climate Change.Philipp Mueller et al (Eds.), Challenging Global Governance, Berlin 2003: p. 19-21.
  • Herausforderung Klimaschutz. 4/2003. Sustainable Climate Protection Policies. Ebenhausen & Berlin 2000 (with Friedemann Müller).