AXEL MICHAELOWA Senior Founding Partner

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Areas of expertise
  • Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC)
  •  Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAS)
  •  Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS)
  • Paris Agreement, Article 6
  • UNFCCC negotiations
  • Climate policy instruments for mitigation and adaptation, carbon market mechanisms, Climate Development Mechanism (CDM)
  • Economic and climate modelling
  • Ph.D. in Economics – 1996 Hamburg University, Germany
  • Diploma Economics – 1993 Mannheim University, Germany

Axel Michaelowa holds a Ph.D. in Economics and has worked on international climate policy instruments and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change process since 1994. He is the research director of the research institute Perspectives Climate Research, Senior Founding partner at Perspectives and part-time researcher at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Political Science. Axel was the lead author of the IPCC’s 4th and 5th Assessment Reports chapter on mitigation policies. He consults with corporate, governmental, and non-governmental organizations and has authored over 400 research articles and studies on international market processes for climate mitigation and policy at various levels.

Axel is a member of the Adaptation Benefits Mechanism’s Executive Committee (ABM) and Vice Chair of its Methodologies Panel. From 1999 to 2006, he was head of the Research Programme” International Climate Policy” at the Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWA).

 Between 2005 to 2009, he was a member of the Climate Cent Foundation’s board of directors, from 2006 to 2013, he served on the CDM Executive Board’s Registration and Issuance Team, and from 2010 to 2019 he was president of the Zurich Carbon Market Association. Axel has supported Qatar’s and Mexico’s COP presidencies and several country delegations during UNFCCC negotiations.
Axel is renowned for pioneering work on additionality and baseline determination. He has worked on ten approved baseline methodologies and three approved standardized baselines under the CDM and contributed to capacity building in over 40 developing countries ranging from Algeria to Yemen. He has worked on national climate policies in Algeria, Ethiopia, India, Morocco, Peru, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Axel has assisted with Article 6 pilot projects for the Swiss KLiK Foundation and Sweden. Axel is currently coordinating an international working group on the role of scalable mitigation approaches in the context of Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

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