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COP26 statement on coal exit

As COP26 drew to a close earlier this month, almost 200 nations agreed to “phase down” coal power in the coming years. How this is done, for coal and other fossil fuels, will have implications for individuals and communities that depend on these resources for their livelihoods.  The case study conducted by DIW Berlin focuses on Germany and the efforts it has undertaken to support ...

29.11.2021| Claudia Kemfert
DIW focus

No need for new natural gas pipelines and LNG terminals in Europe

Natural gas could play an increasing role in the German energy system following the coal exit decided in July 2020 by the German parliament. However, natural gas has no climate benefit compared to coal. What is more, Europe risks to become a battleground for the conflict between Russia and the United States. The construction of the Baltic Sea pipeline Nordstream 2 has set in motion a downward...

29.07.2020| Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert

Submission to the revision of the EU infrastructure regulation

The European Commission currently revises its regulation of selection of and support to so-called Trans-European Networks in the energy sector (TEN-E). Currently, the European Union still provides support to fossil natural gas infrastructure that were selected as so-called Projects of Common Interest (PCI) without sufficiently taking into account the long-term climate targets. In the research project ...

15.07.2020| Franziska Holz
Personnel news

Dawud Ansari has successfully defended his dissertation

Dawud Ansari, who works at the Energy, Transportation, Environment Department, has successfully defended his dissertation at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Numerical models for emerging energy and resource issues: Examples from tight oil, global energy, and rural electrification" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Klaus Eisenack (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin) ...


Franziska Holz becomes Adjunct Professor at NTNU

Dr. Franziska Holz has become Adjunct Professor at the Technical University of Norway (NTNU) in Trondheim in July 2018. She thereby intensifies a long-standing cooperation with the Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management and the Center for Sustainable Energy Studies (CenSES) at NTNU. Dr. Holz' professorship is part of the "NTNU Energy Transition" program which strengthens the technical, ...

20.08.2018| Franziska Holz
Weekly Report

Successful climate protection via rapid coal phaseout in Germany and North Rhine-Westphalia

Power generation from lignite and hard coal was responsible for more than a quarter of German greenhouse gas emissions in 2016. Of all federal states, North Rhine-Westphalia is by far the largest carbon emitter. The Growth, Structural Change and Regional Development Commission (also known as “Coal Commission”) among others are currently debating alternative pathways toward a coal phaseout ...

15.08.2018| Claudia Kemfert, Pao-Yu Oei
Press Release

Low tax burden for passenger cars in Germany; reform of vehicle and fuel taxation needed

In a systematic European comparison of taxes and duties on passenger cars, Germany is in the lower third – Taxes on passenger cars neither raise enough revenue nor provide sufficient incentives for less polluting passenger car traffic. Germany needs to reform its passenger car and fuel taxation and make a gradual increase in the diesel tax a priority. This is the conclusion reached by Uwe Kunert, ...

Weekly Report

Natural Gas Supply: No Need for Another Baltic Sea Pipeline

The construction of a second Baltic Sea natural gas pipeline from Russia to Germany (Nord Stream 2) is very controversial for political, energy economic, and ecological reasons. The project owner and some European energy companies argue that it is a profitable, private-sector investment project that is necessary to secure natural gas supplies for Germany and Europe. However, DIW Berlin analyses show ...

04.07.2018| Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert, Anne Neumann
Press Release

The new grand coalition’s work program: DIW Berlin says there is still much to improve

In important areas such as tax policy, education, and energy, the future grand coalition must be considerably more ambitious – The need for reform in Germany is not being addressed sufficiently Germany’s next government will most likely once again be a grand coalition. However, the results of the preliminary coalition talks between the Union parties and the SPD, which serve as a basis ...

Economic Bulletin

Crude Oil: market trends and simulations point toward stable equilibrium

In this study, we report on the current state of the international market for crude oil. The market data we analyzed indicate that competition has intensified as a result of the now firmly-established shale oil extraction industry in the U.S. Model-based simulations also show that supply-side shifts should only have moderate price effects. This applies to both an expansion in U.S. shale oil production ...

20.12.2017| Dawud Ansari, Claudia Kemfert, Aleksandar Zaklan
Economic Bulletin

Nuclear power unnecessary for climate protection – there are more cost-efficient alternatives

The world needs to continue working to protect the climate – this is generally undisputed. However, there is no agreement on which technologies should be used to decarbonize the energy sector. Many international scenarios still assume a relevant role for nuclear power in the future. However, a study by the German Institute for Economic Research shows that the Paris climate protection target – ...

29.11.2017| Claudia Kemfert, Pao-Yu Oei
Press Release

Federal state comparison of renewable energy sources: Baden-Württemberg is the new leader, beating out Mecklenburg Western Pomerania and Bavaria for the top spot

Baden-Württemberg, Mecklenburg Western Pomerania, and Bavaria are the leading federal states in the field of renewable energy. That is the result from a comparison of the federal states which was compiled by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and the Center for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (Zentrum für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung ...


SET-Nav project

DIW on the 4th and 5th of October, 2017 invited representatives from 14 research institutes across Europe to convene in Berlin. The SET-Nav project under the direction of Vienna University of Technology focuses on establishment of a clean, safe, and efficient energy pathways for the European SET Project. The project partners, including the NTNU Trondheim (Norway), Universidad Comillas Madrid and Fraunhofer ...

11.10.2017| Franziska Holz
Economic Bulletin

The world economy and the euro area: broad-based upswing

This year and next, global GDP will grow more strongly than expected. The growth rate should be just under four percent. In developed economies, the continuing improvement in the job market situation will drive consumption. Corporate investment activity will also gain momentum. Over the forecast horizon, a slowly rising inflation rate and somewhat tighter monetary policy will gradually slow private ...


Isabel Teichmann receives Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer-Förderpreis

On 5 July 2017, Isabel Teichmann (Department of Energy, Transportation, Environment; until 30 June 2017: Department of Competition and Consumers) was awarded the Albrecht-Daniel-Thaer-Förderpreis for her doctoral thesis “Three Topics in Agriculture: Private Quality Standards, Marketing Channels, and Biochar.” The prize is endowed annually by the Förderverein für Agrar- und ...

02.08.2017| Isabel Teichmann
Economic Bulletin

Clean drinking water as a sustainable development goal: Fair, universal access with increasing block tariffs

One focus of the G20 Summit in Hamburg in July 2017 was the United Nations’ sustainable development goals, including those set for the water sector. Despite progress, around 800 million people worldwide do not have adequate access to drinking water. Increasing block tariffs are an instrument widely used to support access to drinking water for poorer segments of the population. With this system, ...

Personnel news

Stefan Seifert and Marica Valente receive Prize and Research Scholarship from the AAWE

Stefan Seifert and Marica Valente have been granted a research scholarship from the American Association of Economists (AAWE), as well as receiving a prize for their paper "An offer that you can’t refuse? Agrimafias and Migrant Labor on Vineyards in Southern Italy." Both were presented at the annual AAWE conference in Pedua, Italy. The dean of the GC, Prof. Weizsäcker, congratulates them ...


DIW Berlin and PIK publish joint article on start-up costs of thermal power plants in the journal Nature Energy

Researchers of DIW Berlin and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) have published a joint article on start-up costs of thermal power plants in the journal Nature Energy. Before power plants fueled by coal, natural gas or oil are able to generate electricity, they have to be started up to a minimum load level. This incurs costs related to additional fuel consumption as well as wear ...

04.04.2017| Wolf-Peter Schill
Economic Bulletin

Decentralized solar prosumage with battery storage: system orientation required

Starting from a low level, in recent years the battery-supported self-consumption of solar electricity (solar prosumage) has grown significantly in Germany. Its growth is primarily due to the opposing trends in household electricity prices and feed-in tariffs in conjunction with government incentives for battery storage. Various benefits of solar prosumage speak to its positive potential in the German ...

29.03.2017| Claudia Kemfert, Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn

"Decentralized storage installations should be available for further market interaction": five questions for Wolf-Peter Schill

Mr. Schill, what role does decentralized prosumage with solar power and battery storage currently play in Germany? The battery-supported self-generation and consumption of electricity from solar sources is still a niche in the German market. Around 50,000 storage batteries have been installed here to date. On the whole that’s not a lot. Their total storage capacity is significantly lower than ...

29.03.2017| Wolf-Peter Schill
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