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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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Factors Influencing the Decentralised Energy Transition in North Rhine-Westphalia
Martin Beznoska / Björn Kauder / Finn Arnd Wendland IW-Trends No. 4 25. January 2023

Factors Influencing the Decentralised Energy Transition in North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the most populous of Germany’s sixteen states and an industrial heartland, is a particular focus of the energy transition. Despite considerable progress in expanding the use of renewable energy, NRW still lags far behind other German states.

IW

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How high are the raw material potentials through urban mining?
Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan IW-Report No. 2 16. January 2023

Urban mining for a circular economy: How high are the raw material potentials through urban mining?

Natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce, one reason being that significantly more natural raw materials are currently being mined and processed worldwide than Earth can provide over the same period.

IW

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Material flows and their significance for the circular economy
Sarah Fluchs / Carmen Schleicher IW-Report No. 68 22. December 2022

The material metabolism of North Rhine-Westphalia

The current use of natural resources exceeds planetary limits and thus endangers the resilience of the Earth's ecosystem. The growing consumption of raw materials and the resulting increase in waste and emissions constitute a long-term threat to the ...

IW

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Renaissance of vocational training?
Roschan Monsef / Finn Arnd Wendland IW-Report No. 57 7. November 2022

Employees in the renewable energy sector: Renaissance of vocational training?

In order to master the ecological transformation of the real economy, many qualified specialists will be needed in the coming years.

IW

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Factors Influencing the Decentralised Energy Transition in North Rhine-Westphalia
IW-Trends No. 4 25. January 2023

Factors Influencing the Decentralised Energy Transition in North Rhine-Westphalia

Martin Beznoska / Björn Kauder / Finn Arnd Wendland

North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), the most populous of Germany’s sixteen states and an industrial heartland, is a particular focus of the energy transition. Despite considerable progress in expanding the use of renewable energy, NRW still lags far behind other German states.

IW

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How high are the raw material potentials through urban mining?
IW-Report No. 2 16. January 2023

Urban mining for a circular economy: How high are the raw material potentials through urban mining?

Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan

Natural resources are becoming increasingly scarce, one reason being that significantly more natural raw materials are currently being mined and processed worldwide than Earth can provide over the same period.

IW

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Material flows and their significance for the circular economy
IW-Report No. 68 22. December 2022

The material metabolism of North Rhine-Westphalia

Sarah Fluchs / Carmen Schleicher

The current use of natural resources exceeds planetary limits and thus endangers the resilience of the Earth's ecosystem. The growing consumption of raw materials and the resulting increase in waste and emissions constitute a long-term threat to the environment and thus to the basis of human life.

IW

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How Much Do Infrastructure Problems Affect Businesses in Germany? Results of IW Surveys
IW-Trends No. 4 22. November 2022

How Much Do Infrastructure Problems Affect Businesses in Germany? Results of IW Surveys

Thomas Puls / Edgar Schmitz

In recent months, closed motorways, congested seaports and cancelled freight trains have combined with already high energy prices and material shortages to cause exasperation in Germany’s business community.

IW

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Renaissance of vocational training?
IW-Report No. 57 7. November 2022

Employees in the renewable energy sector: Renaissance of vocational training?

Roschan Monsef / Finn Arnd Wendland

In order to master the ecological transformation of the real economy, many qualified specialists will be needed in the coming years.

IW

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