The Free State of Bavaria is in a predestined position to become a pioneer for decarbonisation and the transformation of economy and society towards sustainability by 2030. However, this transformation can only be achieved through targeted investments and measures that create synergies between transformative developments. The current study by DIW Econ and the Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft (FÖS), commissioned by BUND Naturschutz and Greenpeace Deutschland, identifies measures in selected sectors – energy, mobility, tourism, agriculture and forestry, and nature conservation – in which systematic public investment over the next decade can accelerate structural change toward a sustainable and future-proof Bavaria, thereby strengthening employment, innovation, climate and nature protection, and sustainable development.
Since 16.02. to 16.03.2022, the 2nd public participation phase of the further development of the Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Programme (BEK) is possible for the citizens of Berlin, in which suggestions and comments on the further development as well as concrete measures can be submitted and evaluated. Participation is requested through the participation platform of the state of Berlin, mein.berlin.de!
SPD, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen and FDP have agreed on a coalition agreement, presented under the name “Dare more progress. Alliance for Freedom, Justice and Sustainability” on 24 November 2021. In the study commissioned by Climate Alliance Germany, DIW Econ, together with Prof. Dr Claudia Kemfert, DIW Berlin, evaluated the climate policy measures of the coalition agreement in the sectors of energy, industry, transport, buildings and agriculture (analogous to the Federal Climate Protection Act) as well as in a cross-sectoral category. The coalition agreement was examined to determine whether Germany can achieve the Paris climate target or at least the 2030 emission reduction targets enshrined in the Climate Protection Act with the guidelines, targets, and policies set out in the agreement’s text over the next four years.
During the Winter 2021 semi-annual Energy Systems Analysis Program (ETSAP) Meeting on 29th – 30th November 2021, DIW Econ presented a novel approach to integrate three different models – energy system TIMES model, macroeconomic CGE model and sectoral system dynamics (SD) model –into a hybrid integrated assessment model to support the elaboration of a long-term low-emission development strategy (LEDS) for Kazakhstan.
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.