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News tagged with „Climate protection“

  • 4 News

July 2011

12.07.2011 – ZEW (ggr/ada/alo)

Economic Experiment on Climate Protection – Inequality Between Countries Undermines Collective Willingness for Climate Protection

Disastrous climate damage, like a disruption of the Gulf Stream or the melting of the polar ice caps, is to be avoided. The international community of states agrees on this goal. It remains to be seen if and how this goal can be reached. The inequality between countries regarding their historic greenhouse gas emissions and their economic performance reduces their willingness to cooperate. These are the findings of an economic experiment with 240 participants which was conducted as part of a study by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW)in Mannheim in cooperation with Heidelberg University, the London School of Economics and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. A comprehensive article on the study’s findings can be found in the latest issue of the renowned periodical "Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences". read more

November 2009

11.11.2009 – ZEW (mac/kbo)

German Car Drivers Accept Surcharges for Low-Carbon Vehicles to Protect Climate

Car drivers in Germany are willing to spend more money on low-carbon cars. On average they accept a surcharge of 68 euro for a car emitting one gram per kilometre (g/km) of CO2 less. These are the findings of a recent study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim. The study analyses what customers were willing to pay for low-carbon cars. The automotive industry is forced to invest in the development of low-carbon cars because of new EU regulations. The study indicates that German car buyers are willing to pay more for a new car in order to protect the climate. read more

June 2008

11.06.2008 – ZEW (nan/kbo)

Rainforest Conservation Reduces Costs of International Climate Policy

Preserving tropical rainforests is not only important for the protection of biodiversity but represents a particularly cost-efficient instrument of climate policy. If the world's rainforests were involved in the international emissions trading to reduce climate-changing greenhouse gases, industrialised countries as well as developing countries would benefit in the long term. A recent study conducted by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) suggests that avoiding emissions by protecting large rainforest areas is not only effective for climate protection but also cost-efficient. Integrating rainforest protection in a new climate policy agreement (after the Kyoto Protocol expiry in 2012) would thus considerably increase the effectiveness and affordability of future climate politics. read more

August 2007

08.08.2007 – ZEW (nan/kvs)

Environmental Investments in Developing Countries - Climate Policy at Lower Cost

Germany and other industrialised countries can reduce the economic costs of climate protection considerably by means of emission-saving investment projects. Recent model simulations by the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), Mannheim, indicate that the emission reduction targets of the Kyoto Protocol can be achieved much cheaper by means of the so-called Clean Development Mechanism than by policy measures which Germany and other industrialised countries realise domestically. Also transaction costs and investment risks cannot affect the economic attractiveness of environmental investments in developing countries. read more


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