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Alongside digitalization, climate change is the megatrend of our time. Our economy is still largely dependent on fossil energies. How must the economy be shaped so that it is in harmony with the environment? What does an economically efficient and socially acceptable climate policy look like? How can energy needs be met more and more from renewable sources? Can the transformation to a circular economy succeed? These and other questions are addressed by the Environment Energy Infrastructure competence area at the Institute of German Business.

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In 2015, Germany and the EU set themselves ambitious goals by signing the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs. Important levers for greater sustainability exist, for example, in transport, the building sector and industry. The EU also has big plans when it comes to climate protection: The Green Deal is intended to pave the way to a climate-neutral future. The money for this - one trillion euros - is to be raised via a fund and come from private investors.

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Christian Rusche / Thilo Schaefer in Intereconomics External Publication 8. April 2024

Is the EU Fit for 55 and Beyond?

Ursula von der Leyen was elected President of the European Commission by the European Parliament in July 2019. She assumed office in November 2019 and unveiled the European Green Deal in December 2019 (European Commission, 2023a) as a focal point of European politics.

IW

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Data-based results on the effects of the German Supply Chain Act
Galina Kolev-Schaefer / Adriana Neligan IW-Report No. 8 8. February 2024

Due Diligence - Effect of Supply Chain regulation: Data-based results on the effects of the German Supply Chain Act

After the agreement of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in December 2023, a few formal steps remain to introduce the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD).

IW

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CO2 Regulation of Road Transport in Europe
Thomas Puls Expertise 30. November 2023

Compendium 5.4: CO2 Regulation of Road Transport in Europe

With the Compendium CO2 Regulation in Europe, the IW has been providing the interested public with a comprehensive collection of data on the development of CO2 emissions from passenger car traffic in the European Union, as well as on the applicable regulatory ...

IW

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Digital Product Passport – Enabler of the Circular Economy
Adriana Neligan / Carmen Schleicher / Barbara Engels / Thorsten Kroke IW-Report No. 47 27. September 2023

Digital Product Passport – Enabler of the Circular Economy

In a circular economy, a new understanding of economic activity and an alternative approach to raw materials are required. Resources should be used for as long as possible in order to reduce both the material and energy consumption as well as the waste and ...

IW

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Is the EU Fit for 55 and Beyond?
External Publication 8. April 2024

Is the EU Fit for 55 and Beyond?

Christian Rusche / Thilo Schaefer in Intereconomics

Ursula von der Leyen was elected President of the European Commission by the European Parliament in July 2019. She assumed office in November 2019 and unveiled the European Green Deal in December 2019 (European Commission, 2023a) as a focal point of European politics.

IW

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Data-based results on the effects of the German Supply Chain Act
IW-Report No. 8 8. February 2024

Due Diligence - Effect of Supply Chain regulation: Data-based results on the effects of the German Supply Chain Act

Galina Kolev-Schaefer / Adriana Neligan

After the agreement of the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in December 2023, a few formal steps remain to introduce the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD).

IW

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Expertise
CO2 Regulation of Road Transport in Europe
Expertise 30. November 2023

Compendium 5.4: CO2 Regulation of Road Transport in Europe

Thomas Puls

With the Compendium CO2 Regulation in Europe, the IW has been providing the interested public with a comprehensive collection of data on the development of CO2 emissions from passenger car traffic in the European Union, as well as on the applicable regulatory framework, since 2015.

IW

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Green Nudging – a key against littering?
IW-Policy Paper No. 10 22. November 2023

Green Nudging – a key against littering?

Jennifer Potthoff

The demand for cleanliness in cities is increasing: "Littering" - the illegal littering of public spaces - does not only cause costs for the environment and society, but also has significant financial consequences through increased cleaning costs.

IW

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An International Comparison of Germany's Innovation Performance
IW-Trends No. 4 13. November 2023

The Transformation of the Automotive Industry: An International Comparison of Germany's Innovation Performance

Enno Kohlisch / Oliver Koppel / Thomas Puls

The automotive industry is undergoing a comprehensive technological transformation that is challenging established value chains. Making sure that domestic research helps to shape this ongoing transformation is therefore an important task for countries with a significant car industry.

IW

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