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Sarah Lichtenthäler

Dr. Sarah Lichtenthäler

Economist for Environment, Circular Economy and Sustainability

Tel: +49 221 4981-838
  • At the IW since 2021
  • Born in 1989 in Aachen
  • Studied economics and political science at the University of Maastricht, the Université de Montréal and the University of Cologne
  • Doctorate in economics at RWTH Aachen University

IW Publications

Fluchs, Sarah / Neligan, Adriana, 2023, Urban Mining für eine zirkuläre Wirtschaft. Wie hoch sind die Rohstoffpotenziale durch Urban Mining?, IW-Report, Nr. 2, Köln / Berlin
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Fluchs, Sarah / Schleicher, Carmen, 2022, Der materielle Stoffwechsel Nordrhein-Westfalens. Materialflüsse und ihre Bedeutung für die Kreislaufwirtschaft, IW-Report, Nr. 68, Köln
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Fluchs, Sarah / Neligan, Adriana / Wendland, Finn Arnd, 2022, Klimaschutzinvestitionen, in: IW-Trends, 49. Jg., Nr. 2, S. 55-72
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Fluchs, Sarah / Neligan, Adriana / Schleicher, Carmen / Schmitz, Edgar, 2022, Zirkuläre Geschäftsmodelle. Wie zirkulär sind Unternehmen?, IW-Report, Nr. 27, Köln / Berlin
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External Publications

Lichtenthäler, Sarah / Neligan, Adriana, 2023, How Circular Are Businesses in Germany? in: Intereconomics: Rethinking Resoucrce Efficiencey: Europe's Transition to a Circular Economy, Volume 58, Nr. 2, S.79-86
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Essays on the international market diffusion of electric vehicles : an assessment of government incentives. 2020. (Dissertation, RWTH Aachen).

The diffusion of electric mobility in the European Union and beyond. 2020. Fluchs, S. Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment. Vol 86. 1361-9209.

Government Incentives for EV Adoption: Classification of Existing Incentives and Assessment of Their Effectiveness. 2019. Fluchs, S. USAEE Working Paper No. 19-393.

Customer Journeys in der Elektromobilität. 2019. Kasperk, G., Fluchs, S. In: Mobilität in Zeiten der Veränderung, Proff, H. (Hrsg): Springer Gabler. 467 – 491.

Grundlagen. 2018. Kampker, A.; Schnettler, A.; Thomes, P.; Kasperk, G.; Brost, W.; Deutskens, C.; Kreisköther, K.; Fluchs, S.; Förstmann, R.; Nee, C.; Meckelnborg, A.; Drauz, R. 2018. In: Elektromobilität, Kampker A., Vallée D., Schnettler A. (Hrsg): Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg.

The Influence of Government Incentives on Electric Vehicle Adoption: Cross-national Comparison. 2017. Fluchs, S.; Kasperk, G. MAGKS Discussion Paper Series in Economics.

Geschäftsmodelle entlang der elektromobilen Wertschöpfungskette. 2018. Kasperk G., Fluchs S., Drauz R.. In: Kampker A., Vallée D., Schnettler A. (Hrsg) Elektromobilität. Springer Vieweg, Berlin, Heidelberg.

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External Publication
How Circular Are Businesses in Germany?
External Publication 31. March 2023

How Circular Are Businesses in Germany?

Sarah Lichtenthäler / Adriana Neligan in Intereconomics

A low-carbon economy could be more readily achieved by improving resource efficiency and thinking in cycles. Consequently, we need a new understanding of economic activity and an alternative approach to raw materials.


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How high are the raw material potentials through urban mining?
IW-Report No. 2 16. January 2023

Urban mining for a circular economy: How high are the raw material potentials through urban mining?

Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan

Natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce, one reason being that significantly more natural raw materials are currently being mined and processed worldwide than Earth can provide over the same period.


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Material flows and their significance for the circular economy
IW-Report No. 68 22. December 2022

The material metabolism of North Rhine-Westphalia

Sarah Fluchs / Carmen Schleicher

The current use of natural resources exceeds planetary limits and thus endangers the resilience of the Earth's ecosystem. The growing consumption of raw materials and the resulting increase in waste and emissions constitute a long-term threat to the environment and thus to the basis of human life.


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Definitions and Documentation Principles
IW-Trends No. 2 30. May 2022

Climate Investments: Definitions and Documentation Principles

Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan / Finn Arnd Wendland

Achieving climate neutrality requires investment in technologies which protect the climate from global warming and necessitates a process of transformation in all sectors of the economy.


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How circular are companies?
IW-Report No. 27 20. May 2022

Circular Business Models: How circular are companies?

Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan / Carmen Schleicher / Edgar Schmitz

On the way to climate neutrality, the transition from a linear economy to a circular economy plays an important role. Resource cycles can be implemented in different ways in companies.


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How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment
Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan IW News 17. November 2021

Circular economy: How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment

The European Commission aims at further reducing illegal waste exports and is therefore revising its regulations. Legal waste shipment is an important step towards an efficient circular economy: it reduces resource utilization and saves CO2.


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