Technological, ecological, economic and strategic aspects of the national climate change initiative (NKI)
Measures for climate protection and efficiency increase do not only directly lead to reduced impacts on the environment and less energy imports but also have various direct and indirect economic effects. On the one hand there are direct demand changes, on the other hand costs of financing increase. In the long run the investments reduce energy demand and lower the cost of production for companies or increase the scope of spending of private households. The establishment of lead markets also creates export potentials if other countries follow this path. Within this study, the options for efficiency increase and climate protection in Germany are comprehensively analysed with respect to their technical and economic potential, the groups of stakeholders addressed, the chances for export and the gaps in the political instruments. Moreover, the economic effects of an ambitious efficiency strategy are modelled.
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Our figure of the month 08/2022: A development against the trend: growth in the number of apprentices for the occupation of plant mechanic for sanitary, heating, and air-conditioning technology in the last decade
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Our figure of the month 05/2022: Strong increase in timber prices due to rising global demand, supply bottlenecks and trade embargoes
Forestry and sawmills benefit
After both raw wood prices and industrial producer prices for wood in Germany stagnated for years or declined from mid-2018 to the end of 2020, they have since…