Completed Projects

  • 2018 – 2021

    Future of Fossil Fuels

    Focus / Key Research Questions: Investigation of previously under-researched aspects of decarbonizing the German electricity sector in the European context and to derive an assessment of concrete policy instruments for both the German and the European level.
    Different partners provide a trans- and interdisciplinary elements, which allow to better understand the various economic, technical, social, and political hurdles of the upcoming transformation away from fossil fuels in Europe.

    Approach / Key Methods: Quantitative Modelling by PIK and DIW. Qualitative and quantitative approaches by TU Berlin. Focus on Coal and Gas.

    Lead partner: TU Berlin

    Contributing partner: DIW, PIK

    Funder: BMBF

    Regional Focus: Germany, Poland, UK, Netherlands

  • 2018 – 2020

    Coal Transition in Ukraine and Russia

    Lead partner: Germanwatch

    Contributing partner: NGO Ecoaction, Russisch-Deutsche Büro für Umweltinformationen, Deutsch-Russischer Austausch

    Funder: Engagement Global, Auswärtiges Amt

    Regional Focus: Ukraine, Kosovo

  • 2016 – 2019

    Coal Transitions

    Focus / Key Research Questions: Coal Transitions is an international research project which aims to develop credible and feasible trajectories and policy guidance for deep transitions in the coal sector in six major coal using countries: China, India, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Poland. The current website was evolved from this research project.

    Approach / Key Methods: Historic Analyses of previous coal transitions. Future projections to phase-out coal. Bottom-up approaches through national “coal teams”.

    Lead partner: IDDRI, Climate Strategies

    Contributing partner: DIW (TU Berlin), IBS, Tsinghua, IIMA, ANU, UCT

    Funder: KR Foundation

    Regional Focus: China, India, Australia, South Africa, Germany and Poland.

  • 2016 – 2019

    Structural Change in Coal Regions

    Focus / Key Research Questions: The project assesses the long-term impacts of phasing out coal-fired power generation on coal-mining regions in Germany incl. Employment effects and cohesian policies.

    Approach / Key Methods: Description and analysis plus engagement in the political process via the communication of (ad hoc) opinions and comments.

    Lead partner: DIW ,TU Berlin

    Contributing partner: IZES, IWH, Öko-Institut

    Funder: Umweltbundesamt

    Regional Focus: Germany

  • 2016 – 2019

    Structural Change in Coal-mining Regions as a Process of an Economic and Socio-Ecological Transformation – Options for a Fair and Socially Acceptable Structural Change in the Light of Climate Policy Targets

    Focus / Key Research Questions: The project assesses two historic processes:

    (1) phase-out of coal mining in the Ruhr area and

    (2) reduction of lignite mining in the Lausitz after the German reunification.

    In both cases, the processes of structural change were supported by a wide range of structural policies. These will be assessed with respect to their suitability to support potential future coal phase-out processes in Germany and other European countries.

    Lead partner: Wuppertal Institute

    Contributing partner: DIW (TU Berlin), ifo Institut, Innovationsregion Lausitz, Institut Arbeit und Technik, Wirtschaftsförderung metropoleruhr GmbH

    Funder: Umweltbundesamt

    Regional Focus: Lusatia, Ruhr Area