Experts from Rwanda learn about sustainability projects at the Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg
A delegation from Rwanda visited the Technische Universität Berlin (TU Berlin) on March 6, 2023 and learned about the work of the Climate Change Center Berlin Brandenburg.
The experts* from the fields of science, politics and the private sector had come to Berlin and Bonn for a week as part of a German-Rwandan project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), where they visited TU Berlin as well as other various political and scientific institutions. The trip was organized by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.
The informational trip was intended to give the guests an insight into the various climate science advisory bodies to policymakers and the public in Germany. For example, Prof. Dr. Christian Thomsen, Co-Speaker of the Climate Change Center (CCC), presented the organization, origins, structure and mandate of the network, which includes six major universities from Berlin and Potsdam as well as over 30 non-university research institutions in Berlin-Brandenburg. Currently, more than 20 CCC Sustainability 2023 projects are funded by the Berlin Senate for Science, Care, Equality and Health. Research and transfer projects related to the sectors with the highest emissions, such as mobility, energy, construction and agriculture, are supported. But the researchers are also taking a close look at flanking aspects in the field of environmental psychology, such as education, communication and art as “game changers”. In this way, measures for climate protection and adaptation to the climate crisis in the Berlin-Brandenburg metropolitan region are supported by scientific know-how. In the future, with the support of the Einstein Foundation Berlin, the exchange with renowned public policy institutes at leading international universities will be further intensified.
As an example, several projects were presented today, including an Internet platform for the worldwide supply of battery storage systems that use solar energy from photovoltaic systems with recycled batteries and can also be produced and used in remote regions themselves.