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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).

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.