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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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Digital Innovation for Decarbonization
Hubertus Bardt Event 3. June 2022

virtual symposium: Digital Innovation for Decarbonization

Cracking the „twin challenge” of digital and green transformation could have a huge impact on future energy supply and decarbonization. Our experts will show the potentials of digital innovation along the entire value chain, from energy production to a circular economy.

IW

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Identification of key transformation professions on the basis of the EU taxonomy
Finn Arnd Wendland IW-Report No. 22 14. May 2022

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

The economic transformation to carbon neutrality increasingly produces various forms of pressures in different job areas and on the labour market, especially in energy- and emission-intensive manufacturing industries.

IW

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Can Europe cope with an import stop?
Andreas Fischer / Malte Küper IW News 18. March 2022

Russian gas: Can Europe cope with an import stop?

Putin's war in Ukraine has been going on for over a week now. In order to hit Russia hard financially, an import stop for gas is also discussed. This would not only put a strain on Russia, but also on the European gas supply.

IW

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Survey-based results on the expected effects of the German Supply Chains Act
Galina Kolev / Adriana Neligan IW-Report No. 8 23. February 2022

Effects of a supply chain regulation

The European Commission is planning a new regulation for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (Due Diligence Directive) as part of the Sustainable Corporate Governance initiative. The long-awaited EU proposal is expected to have requirements ...

IW

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Hubertus Bardt Event 3. June 2022

virtual symposium: Digital Innovation for Decarbonization

Cracking the „twin challenge” of digital and green transformation could have a huge impact on future energy supply and decarbonization. Our experts will show the potentials of digital innovation along the entire value chain, from energy production to a circular economy.

IW

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Identification of key transformation professions on the basis of the EU taxonomy
IW-Report No. 22 14. May 2022

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

Finn Arnd Wendland

The economic transformation to carbon neutrality increasingly produces various forms of pressures in different job areas and on the labour market, especially in energy- and emission-intensive manufacturing industries.

IW

Read the article
Can Europe cope with an import stop?
Andreas Fischer / Malte Küper IW News 18. March 2022

Russian gas: Can Europe cope with an import stop?

Putin's war in Ukraine has been going on for over a week now. In order to hit Russia hard financially, an import stop for gas is also discussed. This would not only put a strain on Russia, but also on the European gas supply.

IW

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Survey-based results on the expected effects of the German Supply Chains Act
IW-Report No. 8 23. February 2022

Effects of a supply chain regulation

Galina Kolev / Adriana Neligan

The European Commission is planning a new regulation for mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence (Due Diligence Directive) as part of the Sustainable Corporate Governance initiative. The long-awaited EU proposal is expected to have requirements that go far beyond the German Act on Due Diligence in Supply Chains (the so-called Lieferkettensorgfaltspflichtengesetz), which was regarded as a possible blueprint for a European solution. The present paper contributes to the debate on an EU due diligence regulation by presenting results of a recent survey conducted by the German Economic Institute (IW) on the potential impact of the already adopted German Act on Due Diligence in Supply Chains.

IW

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