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First-Hand Information on Economic Policy
| Power Industry
| Big event
| Energy market
| Energy supply
| Climate policy
| Energy transition
The energy sector is currently undergoing a transformation. An opening-up of the markets, a mix of different energy sources and new levies have brought about sweeping changes in the sector in recent years. Energy providers are having to break out of old patterns in order to manage the balancing act between guaranteeing supply and ensuring both sustainability and affordability. But to what extent are these developments compatible with national and EU climate targets? How is Germany’s planned energy transition progressing economically, politically and socially? And what challenges does the energy sector still face? These are just some of the questions addressed by Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz, CEO of the private energy supplier RWE on 20 February 2018 during the latest event in the series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy” at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim.
| First-Hand Information on Economic Policy
The energy transition represents a unique opportunity for Germany. What have we achieved so far? Where do we go from here? What sort of framework must the next German government create to guarantee the success of the transition to renewable energy? These are the questions that Dr. Rolf Martin Schmitz, CEO of RWE AG, will be addressing in a talk taking place at 6 p.m. on 20 February 2018 at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW). The talk is part of the institute’s lecture series “First-Hand Information on Economic Policy”.
| Economic Growth
| European Union
How can we stop global warming? How can we avoid economic crises? What does the ageing population mean for the global economy? These are just some of the challenges that societies in Europe are facing, and innovative solutions are needed to cope with them. The EU-funded project FRAME (Framework for the Analysis of Research and Adoption Activities and their Macroeconomic Effects) tackles these challenges by deepening our understanding of the determinants of knowledge diffusion. This way FRAME aims to help policy makers find better solutions.
Professor Andreas Irmen is a visiting researcher in ZEW’s Research Department “Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics” from 1 February to 2 March 2018. He is professor in Macroeconomics and Applied Microeconomics at the Centre for Research in Economics and Management of the University of Luxembourg. His research interests focus on economic growth, the economics of the welfare state, general macroeconomics and industrial economics. During his stay, he will particularly concentrate on the causes and consequences of a tendency in the digital age to replace manpower with machinery. In a ZEW Research Seminar, Andreas Irmen presents his results on the impact of automation investments on the demand for labor.