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Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan / Finn Arnd Wendland IW-Trends No. 2 30. May 2022 Climate Investments: Definitions and Documentation Principles

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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Definitions and Documentation Principles
Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan / Finn Arnd Wendland IW-Trends No. 2 30. May 2022

Climate Investments: Definitions and Documentation Principles

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German Economic Institute (IW) German Economic Institute (IW)

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.

A plethora of national and international studies and statistics have generated a wide range of approaches to defining and quantifying climate investments. Despite this, comprehensive and representative records of such investments are few and far between, and there can be considerable differences between the terminology, documentation principles and methods already developed. These inconsistencies have led to very different assessments of the types and scope of investment necessary to achieve climate goals. Yet clearly identifying climate investments and creating a common basis for data collection is a prerequisite to increase the allocative efficiency and to minimise the costs of protecting the climate in the medium term. This study therefore provides a review of the terminological and data-capturing principles currently applied in documenting climate investments together with a systematic overview of common features and differences in data collection methods. THis analysis shows that the context of the analysis and the perspective from which it is approached have an important influence on terminological and conceptual understanding. Finally, an independent concept of climate investments is developed that can be used to effectively document contributions to climate protection in all economic sectors.

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Definitions and Documentation Principles
Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan / Finn Arnd Wendland IW-Trends No. 2 30. May 2022

Climate Investments: Definitions and Documentation Principles

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Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan / Carmen Schleicher / Edgar Schmitz IW-Report No. 27 20. May 2022

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Finn Arnd Wendland IW-Report No. 22 14. May 2022

Identification of key transformation professions on the basis of the EU taxonomy

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