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Ernst von Weizsäcker

Factor Four, 1998

Photograph of Ernst von WeizsäckerAbout the Author

Ernst von Weizsäcker (born 1939) joined the Bren School as Dean in January 2006. Previously, he served as the policy director at the United Nations Centre for Science and Technology for Development, director of the Institute for European Environmental Policy, and president of the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy. He is a member of the Club of Rome, a global think tank devoted to improving society, and he served on the World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization. Later, he became a member of the Bundestag, the federal parliament of Germany, where he was appointed chairman of the Environmental Committee. He has also served as a professor of interdisciplinary biology and was the founding president of the University of Kassel in Germany. Von Weizsäcker has authored several influential books on the environment.

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Ernst von Weizsäcker: Part 1, Factor Four and Energy Productivity

In this video, Ernst von Weizsäcker, co-author of Factor Four (1998), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about Factor Four and energy productivity with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 16 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Ernst von Weizsäcker: Part 2, Eco-efficiency, Technology and Climate Change

In this video, Ernst von Weizsäcker, co-author of Factor Four (1998), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about eco-efficiency, technology and climate change with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 16 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Ernst von Weizsäcker: Part 3, Progress in Industry, Transport and Energy Sectors

In this video, Ernst von Weizsäcker, co-author of Factor Four (1998), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about progress in industry, transport and energy sectors with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 16 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Ernst von Weizsäcker: Part 4, Energy and Climate: Market Mechanisms vs State Regulation

In this video, Ernst von Weizsäcker, co-author of Factor Four (1998), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about energy and climate: market mechanisms vs state regulation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 16 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Ernst von Weizsäcker: Part 5, China and Innovation

In this video, Ernst von Weizsäcker, co-author of Factor Four (1998), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about China and innovation with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 16 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Ernst von Weizsäcker: Part 6, Values and Decoupling Economic Growth

In this video, Ernst von Weizsäcker, co-author of Factor Four (1998), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about values and decoupling economic growth with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 16 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

Ernst von Weizsäcker: Part 7, Disruptive Change and Looking to the Future

In this video, Ernst von Weizsäcker, co-author of Factor Four (1998), one of the most influential books on sustainability, talks about disruptive change and looking to the future with Senior Associate Wayne Visser, on 16 August 2008. The interview was part of the Cambridge Top 50 Sustainability Books Project.

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Limits to Privatization: How to Avoid Too Much of a Good Thing (ed. Ernst von Weizsäcker, Oran R. Young and Matthias Finger, Earthscan, 2005)

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