Based on two stylised Sulphate Aerosol Injection (SAI) deployment scenarios (“emergency” and “peak shaving”), this session investigates under which conditions SAI research and deployment can be ethically defensible (permissible or mandatory). The session also considers what this implies for present policy making and research programs.
Prof. Dr. Konrad Ott is chair for philosophy and ethics of the environment at Christian Albrechts University Kiel and member of the university’s initiative “Future Ocean”. His fields of research and teaching include theories of justice, general environmental ethics, concepts of sustainability, ethical aspects of climate change, and foundation of environmental policy making. Current research projects range from deposals for radioactive waste, ocean acidification, protests against renewable energies in Germany to ethical aspects of climate engineering.
Konrad Ott obtained his Master’s in philosophy from the University of Frankfurt/Main and wrote his PhD thesis under the supervision of Jürgen Habermas. From 1997 to 2012 he has been working as a professor for environmental ethics at Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald within the interdisciplinary “Landscape Ecology and Nature Conversation” program. He has been member of the German Environmental Advisory Council from 2000 till 2008.