Environment, Energy, Infrastructure

Here our experts examine the effects of economic activity on the environment and the effects of environmental and energy policy on business.

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Their work is based on the conviction that Germany can only achieve sustainable development if climate protection is instituted efficiently, energy is made available in an affordable, safe and environmentally friendly form and business has access to natural resources. If this can be achieved, companies can take advantage of the market opportunities and locate their future development in Germany.

Sections of the Research Unit

Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The reduction of CO2 emissions is a global challenge. The European Emissions Trading System is the central policy instrument to tackle the growth of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe. However, all European efforts remain ineffective, as long as fast growing economies such as China and India increase their emissions like they have done in the last couple of years.

Energy Market

Main topics in this policy area are the electricity market as well as the overall supply of energy resources, a market-based integration of renewable energies, the design of electricity markets and securing energy. The challenge here is to take advantage of a better integrated European energy policy.

Transport Market and Infrastructure

The transport of goods is a crucial input factor for many economic activities. Therefore, consistent regulation and a functioning transport infrastructure are basic requirements for economic growth. As the transport sector is responsible for a remarkable share of CO2 emissions, there is a strong link to climate protection policy. Right now, there are numerous instruments in place. While, for example, cars are subject to threshold regulation, electric rail traffic is part of the emission trading system.

Green Economy

One big issue in the field of Green Economy is its potential for green jobs. Obviously, the boom of renewables and the importance of sustainable strategies among many companies created many new jobs, but the net effect when taking into account the loss of jobs in more conventional areas such as energy-intensive industries remains an important research subject.

Cooperation Partners

  • Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  • Avenir Suisse
  • Delft University of Technology
  • Frontier Economics
  • Energiewirtschaftliches Institut an der Universität zu Köln
  • Wuppertal Institut für Klima, Umwelt, Energie
Thilo Schaefer

Dr. Thilo Schaefer

Head of the Research Unit Environment, Energy, Infrastructure

Tel+49 221 4981-791

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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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