Department(s)/ Research Infrastructure
Energy, Transportation, Environment
Project Status
Current Project
Project Duration
since/from 2017 to 2021
Funded by
German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
In Cooperation with
TU Berlin, HU Berlin, HSoG
Project Manager
Pao-Yu Oei
Project Team/Contacts at DIW Berlin


In the framework of its research focus on the future of coal, DIW Berlin is a cooperation partner of the research group "CoalExit" at TU Berlin. "CoalExit" is a multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional research group which brings together scholars from TU Berlin, HU Berlin, the Hertie School of Governance, and DIW Berlin. Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert and Dr. Franziska Holz are advisors and co-authors of the research group "CoalExit". The research group is funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in its funding line "Global Change" for 4+1 years, starting in October 2017.

The main aim of the research project "CoalExit" is to design a socially acceptable framework for the upcoming coal phase-out in Germany. This effort is based on findings from past transitions, continuous feedback from stakeholders, institutional policy analysis, legal aspects and quantitative modeling of the European electricity sector including employment effects.

Moreover, the research group works on the international dimension. It analyzes potential coal transition scenarios in other coal-rich countries, i. a. China, Colombia, India, and South Africa. It investigates the implications on the global coal market and the interdependence with other fossil fuel markets. DIW Berlin will contribute to this research with the COALMOD-World model.  

More information can be found on the website of the research group:

More information on the COALMOD-World model:

Also see the publications in our current topic "The future of (brown) coal":

Please visit our project partner at TU Berlin