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The nine-point plan: employment and climate change effects of a green recovery plan

On behalf of Greenpeace, DIW Econ GmbH, together with the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and the Forum Ökologisch-Soziale Marktwirtschaft (FÖS), has for the first time calculated the employment and climate protection effects of selected green economic stimulus packages. For this purpose, nine packages of measures for a climate-oriented economic stimulus package in the energy, transport, buildings, industry and land-use sectors were compiled from a total of 285 collected proposals for economic stimulus measures: The nine-point plan. The packages of measures contained in this plan allow both short-term employment effects and a medium and long-term resilient, climate-friendly economy.ise.

Survey of medium-sized businesses 2019

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.

Sustainability: More than just a buzzword

As part of the SME survey conducted by Berliner Sparkasse 2018, DIW Econ recorded the current importance of sustainability in companies in the capital region.

In contrast to large listed companies, little is known about the importance of sustainability for SMEs. Unlike companies with 500 or more employees, SMEs are not subject to the obligation to prepare a sustainability report.

The contribution of biofuels to achieving the 2030 climate objectives

On behalf of the Association of the German Biofuels Industry (VDB), DIW Econ is investigating the question of what contribution biofuels will make to emission reductions in the transport sector by 2030.

The source materials for biofuel production – this applies both to cultivated biomass and to the source materials of waste-based and advanced biofuels – can only be sustainably provided in limited quantities.

Berlin middle class: Digitisation Index – Digitisation as a task for all companies, smaller companies often still too little committed

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.