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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 ...

11.07.2017
Report

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
Interview

"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
Economic Bulletin

Climate protection and a new operator: the Eastern German lignite industry is changing

According to the German federal government’s climate protection targets, there will be a continuous reduction of lignite-based electricity well before 2030. Simulations show that the currently authorized lignite mines in eastern Germany would not be fully depleted if the climate protection targets for 2030 were complied with. This makes planning for new mines or the expansion of existing ones ...

13.02.2017| Claudia Kemfert, Pao-Yu Oei, Dorothea Schäfer
Interview

"In Germany, we need to phase out lignite step by step": interview with Claudia Kemfert

Mrs. Kemfert, what role will lignite play in the future of Germany’s energy supply? In the future, lignite will have less of a role in supplying energy in Germany because we want to fulfill the international climate targets in this country. We aspire to an energy transition that has the goal of boosting renewable energy’s share of production to at least 80 percent by 2050. This is ...

13.02.2017| Claudia Kemfert
Economic Bulletin

Nuclear power is not competitive: Climate protection in UK and France also viable without it

The nuclear power industry is faced with profound challenges— not only in Germany, but throughout Europe as well. New nuclear power plants are very expensive to build and even at high carbon prices, nuclear power is not competitive. Nevertheless, the EU reference scenario assumes that within the next three decades, new nuclear power plants will be built with a total capacity of at least 50 gigawatts ...

02.11.2016| Claudia Kemfert, Pao-Yu Oei
Interview

"Nuclear power plants are more expansive than other technologies when incorporating all connected costs": eight questions for Pao-Yu Oei

Mr. Oei, Germany has decided to phase out nuclear energy. What do the plans for nuclear power in other European countries look like? Countries have very different plans when it comes to nuclear power. Some countries, such as Germany, Italy, Austria and recently, Switzerland, have decided to phase out their nuclear power programs. Others—for example, Great Britain— have decided to implement ...

02.11.2016
Report

EU Emissions Trading: Distinctive Behavior of Small Companies

The EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) is the cornerstone of the European Union’s climate policy and covers just under half of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions. More than ten years since the EU ETS was first introduced, there continues to be substantial research interest regarding its functioning and the behavior of participating companies. DIW Berlin conducted three econometric studies ...

10.03.2016
Interview

"Transparency of emissions trading data leaves a lot to be desired": Six Questions to Aleksandar Zaklan

Dr. Zaklan, you have studied company behavior in the EU Emissions Trading System. What differences can be seen in how companies handle emissions allowances? Large companies participate more actively in emissions trading than smaller enterprises. We established this on the basis of older data. In a second study, we were able to show that for small installations, the way in which allowances are allocated ...

10.03.2016
Report

Earthquakes in the Netherlands cannot shake the European natural gas market

by Franziska Holz, Hanna Brauers and Thorsten Roobeek Two years ago, DIW Berlin introduced “Familienarbeitszeit”, which offers wage replacement for families in which both partners decide to take on reduced full-time employment (working hours amount¬ing to roughly 80 percent of a full-time job, henceforth referred to as “three-quarters employment”). This study investigates ...

25.11.2015
Interview

"Liquefied natural gas will have to play a larger role in the future": Six Questions to Franziska Holz

Dr. Holz, what’s the link between the earthquakes that have occurred in the Netherlands and natural gas production? In the past two or three years, the Netherlands has experienced a very high number of increasingly powerful earthquakes which have also had an impact on property. People are concerned that these earthquakes are triggered by Dutch natural gas extraction destabilizing geological ...

25.11.2015
Press Release

European climate protection goals can be reached without nuclear power

Photovoltaics and wind power can replace nuclear power – DIW Berlin’s energy experts maintain that a nuclear power renaissance is neither sensible nor necessary – financing for the decommissioning of nuclear power plants and the search for a final storage should be secured through public funds Europe’s climate protection goals will not be endangered if existing nuclear power ...

18.11.2015
Report

RESOURCES team presents research results at the BMBF conference „Economics of Climate Change“

DIW Berlin and Universität Potsdam have carried out the research project “RESOURCES – Climate policies in the strategic markets of coal, oil, natural gas” since 2012 (until end 2015). The project is part of the funding program “Economics of Climate Change” of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research which aims at fostering the discipline of climate economics ...

16.11.2015| Franziska Holz
Comment

Handbook of Research Methods and Applications in Transport Economics and Policy

1) The book information page on our website is: http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-of-research-methods-and-applications-in-transport-economics-and-policy2) The official online ebook version will be: http://www.elgaronline.com/view/9780857937926.xmlPlease note the online version on Elgaronline may not yet be available but will be added within two weeks of publication. You can link to the whole book ...

05.10.2015
Personnel news

Dr. Franziska Holz visits Beijing

Dr. Franziska Holz presented the results of the RESOURCES project in Beijing in early November 2015 to academic scholars, policy makers and NGOs. A focus of her presentations and discussions was on the future role of coal in China and globally. China faces the challenge to reduce the utilization of coal in the manufacturing industry and in the electricity sector in order to improve its local air quality ...

08.09.2015
Personnel news

Dr. Franziska Holz replaces Professor at the Hertie School

Dr. Franziska Holz replaces the Professor of Governance of Energy and Infrastructure at the Hertie School of Governance in academic year 2015/2016. She will teach in the areas energy policy and resource markets and continue her research on energy infrastructure. With her nomination DIW Berlin successfully continues the cooperation with the Hertie School of Governance.

08.09.2015
Press Release

No trend reversal: Gasoline and diesel continue to dominate road transport

Alternative drive systems like electric and hybrid models, and alternative fuels like LPG and natural gas, continue to play a minor role – policy should focus on efficiency improvements to reduce CO2 emissions from conventional fuels and increase the environmental friendliness of road transport – preferential tax treatment for diesel should be abolished Gasoline and diesel will continue ...

02.09.2015
Interview

"Alternative Fuels Have Failed to Meet Expectations": Six Questions to Uwe Kunert

Mr. Kunert, what share of global oil consumption is made up of fuel consumption? Currently, over half of the world’s oil is used for transportation purposes, of which roughly four-fifths are used for road transport – which is the focus of our report. Roughly one-tenth (and increasing) is used for air transport; the rest is used for rail transport and maritime traffic. The interview with ...

02.09.2015
Personnel news

Philipp M. Richter successfully defended his PhD thesis

Philipp M. Richter, doctoral student in the DIW Graduate Center since October 2011 and research assistant in the department Energy, Transportation, Environment since October 2012, successfully defended his dissertation on Trade and Climate Policies in July 2015 at TU Berlin. His thesis focuses on the interrelation between globalisation and climate change. The first part of this dissertation analyses ...

25.07.2015
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