Brigitte Knopf is secretary general of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC). She is responsible for the management and strategy of the MCC; cooperation with universities and stakeholders from government, business and civil society; and German and European energy and climate policy (Energiewende).
Her recent work focuses on the implementation of the Paris Agreement. In the context of the Group of Twenty process, she develops strategies on how carbon pricing could support not only climate change mitigation but also finance the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Before joining the MCC in 2015, Brigitte was deputy head of the research domain Sustainable Solutions at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and head of the group Energy Strategies Europe and Germany.
She holds a Ph.D. in physics. In 2014, she coordinated the Euro-CASE assessment of the EU emissions trading scheme. Brigitte is the author of several publications in scientific journals and is actively involved in the public debate in Germany and at the EU level with presentations and media interviews.