In his thesis, Tilmann Liebert investigates how the level of competitiveness of a country's renewable energy technology (RET) sector relates to the level of ambition of its government's climate policy. The results of his thorough quantitative analysis suggest that indeed, countries with a highly developed RET sector tend to make higher climate reduction commitments in international negotiations. Strengthening RET industries might thus facilitate more ambitious domestic and international climate policies.
Tilmann Liebert is actively engaged in implementing sustainability solutions through projects worldwide at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (iisd) in the areas of (renewable) energy and green industrial development. Previously he worked at the policy-science interface at the UN Environment Programme's Green Economy Initiative. His regional expertise lies in East Asia and the Emerging Economies.
In his graduate studies, Tilmann focused on international environment and resource policy and economics. He received a dual master degree from the University of St. Gallen - M.A. in International Affairs and Governance - and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, Boston - M.A. in Law and Diplomacy. He also holds a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of St. Gallen.
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