The discourse on climate policy to achieve internationally agreed climate targets in Germany is often narrowed down to the instrument of CO2 pricing. A price for the emission of climate-damaging carbon dioxide is an essential building block for achieving the long-term decarbonisation of all sectors.
However, the current study by DIW Econ with Prof. Dr Claudia Kemfert, Head of the Department of Energy, Transport and Environment at DIW, commissioned by Greenpeace, shows that a price on CO2 by itself is by far not sufficient to achieve Germany’s agreed climate goals. This can only be achieved with the help of a policy mix of CO2 pricing and complementary regulatory instruments and measures.
As part of the 2019 SME survey, companies in the Berlin/Brandenburg region were asked for the 15th time about their assessment of the current economic situation, their expectations for the future and their investment and financing plans.
The results show that the economic slowdown is not leaving Berlin’s domestic companies completely unscathed. Both the assessments of the business climate and the expected increase in personnel are more cautious. With companies still reluctant to invest, digitisation is one of the top three investment motives.
As part of the SME Survey 2018, Berlin companies were asked about the current economic situation in terms of business climate, future expectations and investment and financing plans. The main topics of the survey were digitisation, company growth and sustainability.
Berliner Sparkasse / Landesbank Berlin commissioned the SME Survey 2018. The responses from representatives of small and medium-sized companies in the region were evaluated.
In the context of the SME Survey 2017 of the Berliner Sparkasse, DIW Econ has looked at the topic of digitisation in a focus analysis. For the first time, a digitisation index for Berlin and the surrounding area could be determined based on the analysis results. The index reflects both the state of digitisation as the current status and the progress of digitisation as the digitisation dynamics.
In the 2017 SME survey, Berlin companies were asked about their current economic situation and future expectations as well as investment and financing plans in a rapidly changing market environment.
The SME Survey 2017 was conducted on behalf of Berliner Sparkasse / Landesbank Berlin. The responses of around 1,750 representatives of small and medium-sized companies from the region were evaluated.