19/09/2023 PTX News

Dr Harry Lehmann newest member of the Club of Rome

Head of the PtX Lab Lausitz receives recognition for 40 years of dedication to the protection of global ecosystems

The international expert network Club of Rome has appointed Dr Harry Lehmann to the small circle of active full members. The physicist, who holds a doctorate, is one of around 100 leading thinkers on sustainable development worldwide who are organised in the association, which was founded in 1968. The few other German members of the Club of Rome include the long-time director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, and the transformation researcher Maja Göpel.

The roots of Dr Lehmann's scientific work lie in elementary particle and numerical physics. He later entered applied environmental research with studies on climate change. As early as the 1990s, Lehmann wrote scenarios for a one-hundred-percent renewable energy supply. He is the editor and co-author of numerous publications and has taught at various universities since 1985. Among other things, Lehmann was head of the department "Environmental Planning and Sustainability Strategies" at the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) in Dessau for many years. Currently, Dr Harry Lehmann heads the PtX Lab Lausitz, which was founded in 2021 and is based in Cottbus. The think-and-do tank is a business division of Zukunft - Umwelt - Gesellschaft (ZUG) gGmbH. The aim of the Lab is to enable the market ramp-up of sustainable production and use of PtX products.

Dr Harry Lehmann stands in front of parts of a PtX plant in Werlte
Dr Harry Lehmann at the inauguration of a PtX plant in Werlte

"Membership is an honour and an obligation"

Dr Harry Lehmann: "New research shows just these days that humanity has already exceeded six of the nine planetary boundaries. In the current situation, the holistic and cross-system search for and realisation of solutions to the climate crisis and the overexploitation of natural resources is urgent. For me, it is therefore not only an honour to be part of the Club of Rome, but an obligation."

"I see membership as an opportunity to further contribute to working towards sustainable living."
Dr. Harry Lehmann

Stefan Demuth, Managing Director of ZUG: "We are pleased and proud that Harry Lehmann, a leader from the ranks of Future - Environment - Society, is being honoured with membership in the Club of Rome. I hold him in high esteem not only as an outstanding expert and committed campaigner for the good cause, but also as a special personality and fine human being. Harry Lehmann's admission to the Club of Rome is clear evidence of the outstanding expertise we have in our house for issues concerning the environment, nature and climate. As a thought leader for a sustainable world, he will provide important impetus in the Club of Rome as well as with his team in the PtX Lab Lausitz to conserve the natural resources of our planet."

About the Club of Rome

Visionary scientists, decision-makers and former politicians have been organised in the Club of Rome for more than 50 years. The association has set itself the task of finding holistic, interdisciplinary and long-term solutions to the complex challenges of our time. The network became known in particular with the publication "The Limits to Growth", which appeared in 1972. The core topics of the report were already then: exponential growth, rapid climate change, reckless use of resources and social inequalities. To this day, the members of the Club of Rome are working to find solutions to these global challenges.


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