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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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CO2 Regulation of Road Transport in Europe
Thomas Puls Expertise 13. September 2022

Compendium 5.2: 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 framework, since 2015.

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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 ...

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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

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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Adriana Neligan / Rupert J. Baumgartner / Martin Geissdoerfer / Josef-Peter Schögg in Business Strategy and the Environment External Publication 23. May 2022

Circular disruption: Digitalisation as a driver of circular economy business models

New circular business models can evolve at all stages of the life cycle of a product. Digitalisation can drive disruptive innovations, new business models and novel ways of collaboration and thus can accelerate the economic transition to more ...

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CO2 Regulation of Road Transport in Europe
Expertise 13. September 2022

Compendium 5.2: 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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What options are there aside from price?
IW-Report No. 45 3. September 2022

How households can save gas: What options are there aside from price?

Malte Küper / Jennifer Potthoff

In view of the current gas emergency, all consumers are urged to reduce their gas consumption. High prices are seen as the most effective incentive to save gas.

IW

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How is traffic reacting to high fuel prices?
IW-Report No. 41 23. August 2022

How is traffic reacting to high fuel prices?

Thomas Puls / Jan Wendt

In recent months, Germany has been confronted with a price shock for fuels. After years of low pump prices, there have been sudden price increases. In order to capture the effects of the price shock on mobility in North Rhine-Westphalia, various data sources are used as indicators in this report.

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Economic Impact of the Corona Pandemic and the Ukraine War
IW-Report No. 40 11. August 2022

Europe on the brink of recession?

Michelle Koenen / Gero Kunath / Thomas Obst

The European Union is facing one of its biggest crises since the financial crisis of 2008. The pandemic started in 2020 and led to a historical economic downturn in the second quarter of that year.

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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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