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Sustainable Bavaria

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.

Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for Lower Saxony – Update TSA 2019

Using the Tourism Satellite Account, DIW Econ in cooperation with TouristiCon and dwif quantified the overall regional economic impact of tourism in Lower Saxony for the second time and updated the previous study with the reference year 2015.

For the year 2019, the total consumption expenditures of overnight and day tourists with private and business travel motives in the federal state were determined, and the effects on economic performance and employment triggered by these expenditures were calculated.

In addition, an estimate was made for the year 2020, in which the Corona pandemic posed particular challenges for tourism.

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.

Tourism Satellite Account (TSA) for Berlin 2019

Berlin is one of the most popular city travel destinations in Europe. However, significant information about the economic impact of the tourism industry as a whole has not been available to the public and economic policymakers until now, as this information cannot be derived directly from official economic statistics.

On behalf of VisitBerlin and the Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, DIW Econ calculates the economic significance of the tourism industry in Berlin for the first time in the study “Tourism as an Economic Factor in Berlin” using the tourism satellite account.

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.