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New junior research group lead by UFZ economist Paul Lehmann

Dr. Paul Lehmann
Dr. Paul Lehmann has successfully raised BMBF funds for a junior research group that started in September 2017. He and his team will investigate how the deployment of renewable energies for power generation in Germany can be organized environmentally friendly. The group is affiliated with the University of Leipzig and works in close cooperation with UFZ.

Point of view

EEG Amendment 2017: Chances and Risks

Prof. Dr. E. Gawel

At the beginning of 2017, another amendment of the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (EEG) entered into force. Its aim is to make the renewable energies’ further development better calculable and reduce costs. Therefore, their expansion will be adjusted to the restructuring of the energy grid. From now on the decisions about new wind and solar installations will be based on tendering. Many critics warn that thus the success of the German energy transition may be hampered. In an interview Prof. Dr. Erik Gawel talks about the amendment’s chances and risks as well as about the current status of the energy transition. Furthermore, he advocates an independent „European emissions bank“ which might help to revitalise the emissions trading system as central economic instrument of the energy transition.

Read the interview (in German)


Social network for scientific exchange presented


In the context of the BMBF campaign "Research in Germany − Land of Ideas, Building the City of tomorrow", Dr. Stephan Bartke participated in mayor conferences and stakeholder meetings in Malaysia and the USA in early October 2017, including the Smart Cities Asia 2017 and the Smart Cities Week. He presented the campaign and the UFZ-coordinated social network project in two interviews with Astro Awani TV and CBS/TechRepublic.

Interview with Astro Awani TV

Interview with CBS/TechRepublic