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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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The introduction of the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities
Peter Friedrich / Finn Wendland IW-Policy Paper No. 14 23. July 2021

Ecologically sustainable or not?: The introduction of the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities

The EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities (EU Taxonomy) is the lead instrument to integrate and promote sustainability in capital markets across the EU.

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Conceptualisation of the potential Renewables-Pull-Effect
Sascha Samadi / Stefan Lechtenböhmer / Peter Viebahn / Andreas Fischer External Publication 21. July 2021

Conceptualisation of the potential Renewables-Pull-Effect

This report was prepared by the Wuppertal Institute in cooperation with the German Economic Institute as part of the SCI4climate.NRW project. The report aims to shed light on the possible phenomenon that the availability and costs of "green" energy sources may ...

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How the EU can achieve the 2030 climate targets in the road transport and building heat sectors
Roland Kube / Finn Wendland IW-Policy Paper No. 13 14. July 2021

How the EU can achieve the 2030 climate targets in the road transport and building heat sectors

o implement the European Green Deal, the European Commission is planning a comprehensive renewal of European climate protection instruments in July 2021. This study sheds light on the planned realignment of the climate policy guiding instruments.

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Modernization through investment
Hubertus Bardt / Michael Hüther / Hans-Peter Klös IW-Report No. 22 4. June 2021

Modernization through investment

The German economy is facing extensive modernization challenges that have to be overcome with new technologies, new business models and the necessary investments.

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The introduction of the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities
IW-Policy Paper No. 14 23. July 2021

Ecologically sustainable or not?: The introduction of the EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities

Peter Friedrich / Finn Wendland

The EU Taxonomy for Sustainable Activities (EU Taxonomy) is the lead instrument to integrate and promote sustainability in capital markets across the EU.

IW

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Conceptualisation of the potential Renewables-Pull-Effect
External Publication 21. July 2021

Conceptualisation of the potential Renewables-Pull-Effect

Sascha Samadi / Stefan Lechtenböhmer / Peter Viebahn / Andreas Fischer

This report was prepared by the Wuppertal Institute in cooperation with the German Economic Institute as part of the SCI4climate.NRW project. The report aims to shed light on the possible phenomenon that the availability and costs of "green" energy sources may become a relevant location factor for basic materials produced in a climate-neutral manner in the future.

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How the EU can achieve the 2030 climate targets in the road transport and building heat sectors
IW-Policy Paper No. 13 14. July 2021

How the EU can achieve the 2030 climate targets in the road transport and building heat sectors

Roland Kube / Finn Wendland

o implement the European Green Deal, the European Commission is planning a comprehensive renewal of European climate protection instruments in July 2021. This study sheds light on the planned realignment of the climate policy guiding instruments.

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Modernization through investment
IW-Report No. 22 4. June 2021

Modernization through investment

Hubertus Bardt / Michael Hüther / Hans-Peter Klös

The German economy is facing extensive modernization challenges that have to be overcome with new technologies, new business models and the necessary investments.

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Trade Club for Climate
IW-Policy Paper No. 8 26. April 2021

Trade Club for Climate

Galina Kolev / Hubertus Bardt

A trade policy approach to climate challenges can give a positive impetus to WTO reform based on the commitment to a common target and reinforced by the urgency of that target.

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