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  • Personnel news

    Alexander Roth has successfully defended his dissertation

    Alexander Roth, who works at the Energy, Transportation, Environment department, has successfully defended his dissertation at Technische Universität Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Five essays in energy economics - Numerical and empirical perspectives on the decarbonization of the energy sector" was supervised by Prof. Dr. Christian von Hirschhausen. We congratulate Alexander on his success ...

  • DIW focus

    Mixed mid-term review for German traffic light coali-tion in the energy transition; significant effort needed to achieve targets

    December 13, 2023 – The German traffic light coalition began its term two years ago with ambitious energy policy goals. Halfway through the legislative period, its track record is mixed. Good progress has been made in some areas, but in others a large gap between targets and the status quo remains. The Ampel-Monitor Energiewende by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) shows...

    14.12.2023| Adeline Guéret, Alexander Roth, Wolf-Peter Schill, Felix Schmidt
  • Personnel news

    Nicole Wägner has successfully defended her dissertation

    Nicole Wägner has successfully defended her dissertation "External Effects of Local Pollution and Abatement Policies - Empirical Evidence on the Impacts of Local Pollution Externalities and the Effectiveness of Pollution Abatement Policies" supervised by Christian von Hirschhausen at Technische Universität Berlin. She has since then begun working as scientific research assistant at RWI Essen. Cong ...

  • In the blog

    Ampel-Monitor Energiewende #2: The state of affairs on August 24, 2022

    By Wolf-Peter Schill and Alexander Roth This page provides a brief overview of the current status of all indicators included in the Ampel-Monitor Energiewende. More detailed methodological explanations and data sources can be found on the homepage of the Ampel-Monitor and in the introductory DIW Weekly Report 27/2022. All underlying data are also available in the Open Energy Tracker, where they are ...

    26.08.2022| Alexander Roth, Wolf-Peter Schill
  • Publication

    Why natural gas is not a bridge technology

    The expansion of natural gas infrastructure jeopardises energy transition, as natural gas is not a bridge technology towards a 100% renewable energy system as defined by the Paris Climate Agreement. This is the result of a study conducted by an interdisciplinary German research team and published in the journal Nature Energy on 4 July 2022. The researchers have examined the natural gas issue from five ...

    04.07.2022| Claudia Kemfert
  • DIW focus

    Electricity supply in Germany can be secured without Russian supplies and nuclear energy; the 2030 coal-phase out remains possible

    The European Union has increased pressure on Russia by enacting a coal embargo. Following a transition period, Russian coal imports will end in August 2022. Recent studies show that Germany will be able to substitute Russian supplies with imports from other countries by summer 2022. However, with the looming threat of a Russian gas supply stop, plans must be developed to ensure security of supply....

    01.07.2022| Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert, Pao-Yu Oei
  • DIW focus

    Energy supply security in Germany can be guaranteed even without natural gas from Russia

    The Russian war on Ukraine and Germany’s dependence on Russian gas require a rethink of German energy supplies. While there is a heated debate about an immediate energy embargo, Russia could also stop its supplies at any time. To date, Germany has purchased around 55 percent of its natural gas from Russia. DIW Berlin has developed scenarios for how the German energy system could become...

    13.04.2022| Franziska Holz, Claudia Kemfert, Robin Sogalla
  • Publication

    Report „Decarbonisation of energy“ for the European Parliament

    The department Energy, Transportation, Environment has published the report „Decarbonisation of energy“ jointly with the Brussels-based think tank Bruegel. In the report, several options for the energy system in 2050 are discussed. The report was prepared for the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy and was presented to the Committee in March 2022. The report can be found online here: ...

  • Nachrichten [Energie, Verkehr, Umwelt]

    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
  • Report

    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) ...

  • Report

    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 ...

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