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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 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
Matthias Diermeier / Judith Niehues IW-Trends No. 3 15. September 2021

Acceptance of Parliamentary Procedures in the Light of Individual Problem Perception

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 ...

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Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry
Enno Kohlisch / Oliver Koppel / Malte Küper / Thomas Puls IW-Trends No. 3 14. September 2021

Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry

Social and political change necessitates corresponding innovations in motor vehicle technology. This paper analyses the nature of current technological progress in Germany’s motor vehicle industry.

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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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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.

IW

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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.

IW

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Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry
IW-Trends No. 3 14. September 2021

Change in Innovation in the German Motor Vehicle Industry

Enno Kohlisch / Oliver Koppel / Malte Küper / Thomas Puls

Social and political change necessitates corresponding innovations in motor vehicle technology. This paper analyses the nature of current technological progress in Germany’s motor vehicle industry.

IW

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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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