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Digitalisation and Climate Action

With the German economy undergoing a comprehensive transformation process, the Digitalisation and Climate Action Research Unit examines how companies operate in a market environment that is evolving in line with these structural changes.

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Firms are currently being impacted by two trends in particular: digital transformation and the government’s climate policy targets. Both necessitate adjustments to business processes which require capital investments. However, these trends also represent opportunities for companies to adapt their products and services, and even their business models, and to position themselves optimally for the future.

For this to happen, it is vital that the framework conditions are set such as to ensure a functioning competition, to facilitate the founding of successful start-ups, and to promote business development. Moreover, the work of our Research Unit is based on the conviction that Germany can only develop sustainably if climate protection is pursued efficiently, energy is generated in an affordable, reliable and environmentally friendly manner and enterprises enjoy access to the necessary resources. If this succeeds, companies in Germany will be able to take advantage of market opportunities and shape their future in an attractive business location.

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Dennis Bakalis

Dennis Bakalis

Economist for Energy and Climate Policy

Tel: +49 221 4981-397
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Vera Demary

Dr. Vera Demary

Head of Digitalisation and Climate Action Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981-749
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Barbara Engels

Barbara Engels

Senior Economist for Sustainable Digitalisation

Tel: +49 221 4981-703
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Andreas Fischer

Andreas Fischer

Economist for Energy and Climate Policy

Tel: +49 221 4981-402
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Sarah Fluchs

Dr. Sarah Fluchs

Economist for Environment, Circular Economy and Sustainability

Tel: +49 221 4981-838
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Malte Küper

Malte Küper

Researcher for Energy and Climate Policy

Tel: +49 221 4981-673
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Adriana Neligan

Dr. Adriana Neligan

Senior Economist for Green Economy and Resource Economics

Tel: +49 30 27877-128
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Thomas Puls

Thomas Puls

Senior Economist for Transport and Infrastructure

Tel: +49 221 4981-766
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Klaus-Heiner Röhl

Dr. Klaus-Heiner Röhl

Senior Economist for SME Policy and Regional Policy

Tel: +49 30 27877-103
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Christian Rusche

Dr. Christian Rusche

Senior Economist for Competition and Structural Change

Tel: +49 221 4981-412
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Thilo Schaefer

Dr. Thilo Schaefer

Head of Digitalisation and Climate Action Research Unit

Tel: +49 221 4981-791
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Finn Arnd Wendland

Finn Arnd Wendland

Economist for Energy and Climate Policy

Tel: +49 221 4981-798
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Alle Beiträge

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How Much Do Infrastructure Problems Affect Businesses in Germany? Results of IW Surveys
IW-Trends No. 4 22. November 2022

How Much Do Infrastructure Problems Affect Businesses in Germany? Results of IW Surveys

Thomas Puls / Edgar Schmitz

In recent months, closed motorways, congested seaports and cancelled freight trains have combined with already high energy prices and material shortages to cause exasperation in Germany’s business community.

IW

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The Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index
Expertise 14. November 2022

The Transatlantic Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index

Viktor Lázár / Ian Clay / Stephen Ezell / Shelby Lauter / Axel Plünnecke / Stefano da Empoli / Lorenzo Principali / Michele Masulli / Aaron Wudrick

Innovation ecosystems are increasingly complex and diverse, but there are common markers of core strength. In this report, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, the German Economic Institute, the Institute for Competitiveness, and the Macdonald-Laurier Institute benchmark 96 states and provinces across Germany, Italy, the United States, and Canada.

IW

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Renaissance of vocational training?
IW-Report No. 57 7. November 2022

Employees in the renewable energy sector: Renaissance of vocational training?

Roschan Monsef / Finn Arnd Wendland

In order to master the ecological transformation of the real economy, many qualified specialists will be needed in the coming years.

IW

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Alliance-Building to Strengthen International Climate Cooperation
External Publication 4. November 2022

Perspectives on Designing a Climate Club: Alliance-Building to Strengthen International Climate Cooperation

Parul Kumar/ Heiner Von Lüpke / Marian Feist /Heather Exner-Pirot / Hubertus Bardt

A Statement of the G7 countries under the presidency of Germany in June 2022 expressed the intention of establishing an international climate club that is open and cooperative, with aspirations ranging from coordinating ambitious and transparent climate mitigation policies.

IW

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