Press release
Berlin, Essen, 10/19/2023

The Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) will be integrated into the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) at the beginning of 2025. This proposal has now been given the green light by the committee of the Joint Science Conference of german federal and state governments (GWK). Going forward, PIK will thus be able to provide bundled expertise from a single source, ranging from interdisciplinary research to science-based policy advice. 

The non-profit foundation Stiftung Mercator provided core funding for the MCC for a total period of twelve years until end of 2024. The integration of the MCC into PIK, that will take place beginning of 2015, will create a Policy Research Hub where science and policy intersect. Within this framework, MCC experts will continue to provide policy-makers with solution-oriented options for action based on well-founded economic and social science analyses. 

For this purpose, PIK will receive additional basic state funding within the framework of a special strategic budget. The official approval by the Joint Science Conference is to take place in the fall of 2024. It is linked to the decisions for the following fiscal year. The funds will replace the annual basic funding of an average of 2.1 million euros from Stiftung Mercator, which is scheduled to expire at the end of 2024. The Essen-based foundation and PIK had jointly founded the MCC in 2012. 

“We are extremely pleased with the signal now sent by the committee of the Joint Science Conference,” says MCC Director Ottmar Edenhofer, who has been Chief Economist at PIK since 2005 and a Director there since 2018. “In the future, evidence-based orientation knowledge and relevant policy options can be provided along the entire value chain.” 

Lars Grotewold, Director of the Centre for Climate Action at Stiftung Mercator, highlights: “Our common goal in founding MCC was to render findings from top-level research usable for policy advice. Ottmar Edenhofer and his team prove time and again that this is possible, and achieving permanence is a vindication of Stiftung Mercator’s strategy to support partners who develop non-partisan and evidence-based solutions to urgent societal problems.” 

The MCC climate research institute in Berlin: The experts there develop solution-oriented options for action for politics - science-based and non-partisan.


Ulrich von Lampe | Head of Press and Public Relations

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Lothar Kuhn | Director Communication

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About MCC

The MCC researches and provides solution-oriented options for action on climate policy, as well as on the management of the global commons more generally – strengthening multiple aspects of human well-being. Our seven working groups conduct research on topics such as economic growth and development, resources and international trade, cities and infrastructure, governance, and scientific policy advice. The MCC is a joint foundation of Stiftung Mercator and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. | |


About Stiftung Mercator

Stiftung Mercator is a private, independent, and non-profit foundation that acts on the basis of scientific expertise and practical project experience. Since 1996, it has been advocating for a society based on solidarity and participation. To this end, it supports and develops projects that improve participation and cohesion in an increasingly diverse community. Stiftung Mercator stands up for a cosmopolitandemocratic Europea digital transformation of state and society based on fundamental rights, and socially just climate change mitigation. Stiftung Mercator pursues activities in Germany, Europe and worldwide. It feels particularly connected to the Ruhr area, home of its founder’s family and the foundation’s headquarters.