Karsten Sach – Lab Principal

Director General Climate Policy, European and International Policy, Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Dr. Karsten Sach, born in 1959, is Director General “Climate Policy, European and international Policy” in the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety in Germany. Before he assumed that office in 2016, he led the Sub-Department “European and International Policies” for twelve years. Since 1999 he is the German chief negotiator at the UNFCCC conferences of the parties.

1998/1999 he served as Deputy Head of Division “International Cooperation, Global Conventions Climate Change” in the Environmental Ministry. Before that he was the Environment Attaché of the Permanent Representation of Germany to the European Union in Brussels for four years. He entered the Environment Ministry in 1991.

Before joining the ministry, Dr. Karsten Sach was teaching environment and economic law. He studied law in Kiel and Freiburg and has a PhD in law.  He was born in Schleswig-Holstein, is married and lives near Berlin.