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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
DIW Berlin’s energy experts argue for a public-law nuclear fund – nuclear power plant operators’ provisions for dismantling and atomic waste disposal are not enough
Even by the end of 2022, after the very last German nuclear power plant has been removed from the grid, the lights in this country will not go out: The electricity supply remains secure, as DIW Berlin’s
Ms. Kemfert, the commercial use of nuclear power in Germany is scheduled to be eliminated by 2022. Will the power supply still be reliable after the shutdown of the nuclear power plants?Yes, the power supply will still be reliable after shutdown of the nuclear power plants. In fact we currently have an electricity supply surplus, and even after the impending shutdown of Grafenrheinfeld’s
Joint press release from the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) and the Institute for Applied Ecology (Öko-Institut)
Even if the use of electric road vehicles (EVs) were to increase significantly, the total annual power consumption of EV fleets would be small compared to overall power demand. However, uncontrolled charging, which involves the vehicle being fully recharged as
Dipl.-Ing. Roman Mendelevitch, Research Associate and PhD student at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), and Dipl.-Ing. Pao-Yu Oei, Reseach Associate at Technische Universität Berlin and Visiting Reseacher at DIW Berlin, were awarded the Young Scientist "Best Paper Award" at the 9. Internationale Energiewirtschaftstagung (IEWT), in Vienna, for their contribution:
The power-generation capacities of wind and photovoltaic plants vary according to the weather, time of day, and season. The expansion of renewable energy sources means there is a growing need to offset these fluctuations and bring power supply into line with demand at all times. Power storage can contribute to this and thus safeguard the energy transition in the longer term. An analysis conducted