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A coalition agreement for a climate-neutral Germany?

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.

Supporting Green Economy in Kazakhstan and Central Asia for low carbon economic development – TIMES, CGE, SD –

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.

Decarbonisation measures beyond a CO2 price

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.

Carbon-neutral and socially just Bavaria – Proposed measures for a social climate transformation in Bavaria

The current study by DIW Econ, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert, DIW Berlin, commissioned by the Bavarian SPD state parliamentary group, examines how the Free State of Bavaria can achieve a just transition into a emission neutral future. For this purpose, the study discusses specific social-ecological measures for the upcoming political reorientation in the sectors of energy, transport, buildings and industry.

Measuring the Sustainability of Tourism in Germany – Development of a Tourism Sustainability Satellite Account

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and the German Environment Agency (UBA), the consortium consisting of DIW Econ, adelphi, dwif-Tourismusberatung, BTE Tourismus- und Regionalberatung as well as Prof Dr Wolfgang Strasdas and his team from the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development investigated the question of how tourism in Germany can be subjected to a systematic evaluation with regard to its sustainable development.

The result is a first feasibility study for a Tourism Sustainability Satellite Account (TSSA), which is essentially based on the statistical frameworks of the National Accounts (NA) and the Environmental-Economic Accounts (EEA).