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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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How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment
Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan IW News 17. November 2021

Circular economy: How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment

The European Commission aims at further reducing illegal waste exports and is therefore revising its regulations. Legal waste shipment is an important step towards an efficient circular economy: it reduces resource utilization and saves CO2.

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Balancing different costs and prices for industrial climate protection
Hubertus Bardt IW-Report No. 41 8. November 2021

Industry, climate protection and trade: Balancing different costs and prices for industrial climate protection

In interrelated markets for exchangeable goods there is - apart from transaction costs - only one single price. In contrast, international climate protection is characterized by very different prices for greenhouse gas emissions.

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Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW
Malte Küper / Oliver Koppel / Enno Kohlisch IW-Report No. 40 27. October 2021

Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW

Transforming the economy towards climate-neutrality poses major challenges for the energy-intensive primary industry in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). At the same time, the development of environmentally friendly basic materials and production processes ...

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The EU taxonomy can strengthen SMEs in the green transition
Finn Wendland on EurActiv Contribution 28. September 2021

The EU taxonomy can strengthen SMEs in the green transition

Small and medium-sized companies will remain exempt from new disclosure rules on the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy starting in 2022. However corporate leaders would be well-advised to follow its implications, including SMEs, writes IW Climate Economist ...

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How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment
Sarah Fluchs / Adriana Neligan IW News 17. November 2021

Circular economy: How waste shipments contribute to protecting the environment

The European Commission aims at further reducing illegal waste exports and is therefore revising its regulations. Legal waste shipment is an important step towards an efficient circular economy: it reduces resource utilization and saves CO2.

IW

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Balancing different costs and prices for industrial climate protection
IW-Report No. 41 8. November 2021

Industry, climate protection and trade: Balancing different costs and prices for industrial climate protection

Hubertus Bardt

In interrelated markets for exchangeable goods there is - apart from transaction costs - only one single price. In contrast, international climate protection is characterized by very different prices for greenhouse gas emissions.

IW

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Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW
IW-Report No. 40 27. October 2021

Green innovations in the basic materials industry in NRW

Malte Küper / Oliver Koppel / Enno Kohlisch

Transforming the economy towards climate-neutrality poses major challenges for the energy-intensive primary industry in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW). At the same time, the development of environmentally friendly basic materials and production processes presents a great potential for transforming NRW into an attractive industrial location for the future.

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The EU taxonomy can strengthen SMEs in the green transition
Finn Wendland on EurActiv Contribution 28. September 2021

The EU taxonomy can strengthen SMEs in the green transition

Small and medium-sized companies will remain exempt from new disclosure rules on the EU’s sustainable finance taxonomy starting in 2022. However corporate leaders would be well-advised to follow its implications, including SMEs, writes IW Climate Economist Finn Wendland.

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Acceptance of Parliamentary Procedures in the Light of Individual Problem Perception
IW-Trends No. 3 15. September 2021

Acceptance of Parliamentary Procedures in the Light of Individual Problem Perception

Matthias Diermeier / Judith Niehues

A lively democracy thrives on the struggle between different interest groups for majority opinion on specific issues. Though the institutionalised process of balancing interests and hearing opposing points of view takes time, acceptance of these parliamentary procedures is essential for the functioning of our pluralistic democracy.

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