Division Profile

Energy, Transportand Climate Policy

Research on successful transformation processes in energy, transport and climate policy.

To us, implementation-oriented transformative research means offering scientific advice to different decision-makers based on inter- and trans-disciplinary research. In this context, we structure our analysis according to a cyclical concept of transformation, thus contributing to a better understanding of societal decision-making, participation, and learning processes. We analyse structures, institutions, and actor constellations, and evaluate potentials. On such a basis, we develop designs for individual concepts, policy packages and measures as well as services within the different governance systems. The deisgns will be assessed using qualitative and quantitative multi-criteria analyses including impacts and cost-effectiveness and, if required, will be integrated into overall concepts and policy scenarios. We support pilot testing of concepts and evaluate them with regard to their impacts, cost-effectiveness, and possibilities for optimisation, and finally draw conclusions for the diffusion of policies and measures.

The following guidelines for concrete research topics and methodolgy emerge from the core research themes:

  • We examine policies and measures, ranging from overarching governance frameworks to classical political instruments to soft policies, and taking into consideration political, economic and social contexts and conditions.
  • We study a field of actors that extends from traditional political and administrative actors to international organisations/regimes, businesses, NGOs and individuals, to the public and the media.
  • Transformation processes occur at different levels, so we analyse all levels of government – from municipalities to the United Nations – and their interactions during different phases of the policy cycle.  

We combine scientific analysis of possible strategies and instruments with the search for those suitable for practical application.

Energy Efficiency Policy and Energy Services

The central research question in the core research theme "Energy Efficiency Policy and Energy Services" is: How can market barriers to energy efficiency in buildings, industry and appliances be overcome by political regulation and energy services? Linking to other research themes is established in particular regarding the analysis and evaluation of instruments.

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International Climate Policy

The central question in the core research theme "International Climate Policy" is: How can an international climate regime, which is effective and fair, be shaped? Our approach integrates energy and transport issues, climate change mitigation and adaptation in a mulitlevel governance, as well as the dimensions of environment, economy, and social equity.

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Climate Protection in the Sustainable Urban and Regional Development

The central research question in the core research theme "Climate protection in the sustainable urban and regional development" is:

Which are the concrete options in a multilevel governance system for acting on the local and regional level in order to achieve superior or own climate protection targets within the scope of a sustainable urban and regional development by 2020 and 2050? In this context, the integration of further sustainability strategies (material and spatial efficiency, adaptation to climate change, social and economic development, etc.) is a central prerequisite.

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Sustainable Transport Policy and Mobility Services

The central research question in the core research theme "Sustainable Transport Policy and Mobility Services" is: Which political framework settings and mobility services are necessary and appropriate to enable sustainable mobility? This question is also linked to strategies for energy efficiency and climate change mitigation.

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