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Dawud Ansari has successfully defended his dissertation

Dawud Ansari, who works at the Energy, Transportation, Environment Department department, has successfully defended his dissertation at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. The dissertation with the title "Numerical models for emerging energy ..


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

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 ...P

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

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

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

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 .

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 ...The

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 ...


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

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 ...Th


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 ..

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 .

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 ...Stef


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 ..

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 .

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

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 .

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

"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. .

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. ...The nucl

02.11.2016| Claudia Kemfert, Pao-Yu Oei
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