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Energy Landuse − new UFZ video online

With the switch to a CO2-free energy supply in Germany, new conflicts arise between the economy, the environment and society. Scientists from the UFZ monitor this conversation process and pass valuable recommendations. A new video gives an overview.

Book published by UFZ economists: The European Dimension of Germany’s Energy Transition

Cover Gawel et al.

This book addresses the interactions between Germany’s energy transition and the EU’s energy policy framework. It seeks to analyze the manifold connections between the prospects of the proclaimed “Energy Union” and the future of Germany’s energy transition, and identifies relevant lessons for the transformation at the EU level that can be learned from the case of Germany, as a first-mover of transforming energy systems towards renewables. The book’s overall aim is to identify the most critical issues, in order to avoid pitfalls and capitalize on opportunities.

Gawel, E., Strunz, S., Lehmann, P., Purkus, A. (Eds.) 2019:
The European Dimension of Germany’s Energy Transition.
Opportunities and Conflicts.

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UFZ economist appointed head of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Support of the Implementation of the Climate and Energy Concept for Saxony-Anhalt.

Prof. R. Schwarze

UFZ climate economist Prof. Dr. Reimund Schwarze has been appointed head of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Support of the Implementation of the Climate and Energy Concept of the Ministry of Envrionment, Agriculture and Energy Saxony-Anhalt. He will hold the position until January 2023. The board will advise the government of Saxony-Anhalt on the implementation of its climate and energy concept. It will deal with problems the experts or the ministry identify as especially important.

Point of view

Coal phase-out: UFZ economists comment on the results of the "coal comission"

Prof. Dr. Erik Gawel, Dr. S. Strunz

Without a phase-out of coal-fired energy generation Germany’s climate targets cannot be achieved. In January the so-called "coal commission" issued its suggestions on the matter. In their latest article in the German journal for environmental law – Zeitschrift für Umweltrecht – Prof. Dr. Erik Gawel and Dr. Sebastian Strunz comment on the commission’s results.

Article as pdf (in German)