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DIW Berlin publishes study as part of the International Climate Initiative (IKI)

How can international public climate finance effectively support climate policy of partner countries? The four-year project of the Climate Policy Department sheds light on effective steps to achieve the Paris climate goals in cooperation with four other research institutes in Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa. DIW Berlin examines in a new study how international public climate finance (ICF) ...

13.07.2021| Karsten Neuhoff

Weather-Related Disasters, Rural Livelihoods and Off-Farm Self-Employment: Three Essays in Development Microeconomics

Der Klimawandel ist eine globale Herausforderung, aber seine Auswirkungen sind besonders stark in Entwicklungsländern zu spüren. So erleiden arme Menschen deutlich höhere Verluste, weil sie Extremereignissen stärker ausgesetzt sind und weniger Ressourcen für Anpassung und Schockbewältigung haben. Trotz der weitreichenden Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf Haushalte in Entwicklungsländern ist die aktuelle ...

Berlin: Humboldt-Univ., 2020, 183 S. | Katharina Lehmann-Uschner

Germany's Shift from Coal Offers Lessons for Just Transition Policy

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 first case study conducted by DIW Berlin focuses on Germany and the efforts it has undertaken to support ...

23.11.2021| Claudia Kemfert
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100% Renewable Energy Scenarios for North America: Spatial Distribution and Network Constraints

The urgency to combat climate change and the widely distributed, increasingly competitive renewable resources in North America are strong arguments to explore scenarios for a renewable energy supply in the region. While the current power system of North America is heavily dependent on fossil fuels, namely natural gas, coal and oil, and some nuclear power plants, some current policies at the state level, ...

In: Energies 14 (2021), 3, 658, 17 S. | Elmar Zozmann, Leonard Göke, Mario Kendziorski, Citlali Rodriguez del Angel, Christian von Hirschhausen, Johanna Winkler
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The Role of Energy Storage in the Uptake of Renewable Energy: A Model Comparison Approach

The power sector needs to ensure a rapid transition towards a low-carbon energy system to avoid the dangerous consequences of greenhouse gas emissions. Storage technologies are a promising option to provide the power system with the flexibility required when intermittent renewables are present in the electricity generation mix. This paper focuses on the role of electricity storage in energy systems ...

In: Energy Policy 151 (2021), 112159, 19 S. | Sara Giarola, Anahi Molar-Cruz, Kathleen Vaillancourt, Olivier Bahn, Luis Sarmiento, Adam Hawkes, Maxwell Brown
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The Economics of Variable Renewable Energy and Electricity Storage

The transformation of the electricity sector is a central element of the transition to a decarbonized economy. Conventional generators powered by fossil fuels have to be replaced by variable renewable energy (VRE) sources in combination with electricity storage and other options for providing temporal flexibility. We discuss the market dynamics of increasing VRE penetration and its integration in the ...

In: Annual Review of Resource Economics 13 (2021), S. 443-467 | Javier López Prol, Wolf-Peter Schill
DIW Weekly Report 43 / 2021

An Effective Federal Climate Change Act Needs Leading Indicators

To reach the climate targets, the course towards a climate-neutral society must be set now. However, the current monitoring instruments in the Climate Change Act do not provide sufficient information to policymakers and society on the effectiveness of policy instruments and programs, as they focus exclusively on greenhouse gas reduction targets, which are subject to uncertainty. Moreover, they only ...

2021| Daniela Fietze, Mats Kröger, Thorsten Müller, Karsten Neuhoff
DIW Weekly Report 29/30 / 2021

100% Renewable Energy for Germany: Coordinated Expansion Planning Needed

Due to ambitious climate change targets and other energy and industrial policy goals such as the nuclear phase-out, the energy transition in Germany is heading toward a completely renewable energy system. This Weekly Report is the first to describe scenarios for 100 percent renewable energy coverage in Germany and, furthermore, shows it is both possible and realistic. In such a scenario, no more fossil ...

2021| Leonard Göke, Claudia Kemfert, Mario Kendziorski, Christian von Hirschhausen

Chances and Obstacles to Strengthening the Paris Agreement: The Case of Resource-Rich Countries

Dieses Hintergrund­papier stellt wissen­schaft­liche Erkennt­nisse vor, die sich mit den grund­legenden Heraus­forderungen ressourcen­reicher Länder bei der Dekar­bo­nisierung ihrer Wirt­schaft beschäftigen. Es zeigt sich eine eher skeptische Ein­schät­zung des aktuellen Klima­ambitions­niveaus vieler dieser Länder sowie der Erwartungen hinsichtlich der Erreichung nicht nur der aktuellen NDCs, sondern ...

Berlin: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung, 2021, 15 S.
(Background Paper for the Forum Climate Economics ; 7)
| Karen Pittel, Franziska Holz, Sonja Peterson, Dawud Ansari, Carlo Gallier, Achim Hagen, Marcel Lumkowsky, Donia Mahabadi, Angelika Vogt, Marie-Theres von Schickfus

Scenario Analysis as a Tool for Companies, Investors, and Regulators on the Path to Climate Neutrality

The structural transformation necessary for achieving climate neutrality is characterized by many interdependent changes. Shaping the transition to a zero-emissions economy cannot be based on past data alone, but also requires the definition of future scenarios that are as consistent as possible. The aim of these scenarios is to show how companies are prepared for transformation processes and burdens ...

Berlin: Wissenschaftsplattform Sustainable Finance, 2021, 12 S.
(Policy Brief / Sustainable Finance Research Platform ; 5/2021)
| Karol Kempa, Ulf Moslener, Karsten Neuhoff, Oliver Schenker, Franziska Schütze
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