On 16 and 17 May 2022, around 80 energy and environmental economists from Germany and abroad participated in the tenth Mannheim Conference on Energy and the Environment at ZEW Mannheim. For two days, international researchers discussed various topics of energy, climate and environmental economics. This year, the conference focused on energy efficiency, electricity markets, behavioural economic instruments and CO2 pricing.

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Professor Lucas Bretschger from ETH Zurich during his keynote on economic pathways and the carbon price escalator.

Professor Sebastian Rausch, head of ZEW’s Research Department “Environmental and Climate Economics”, opened the conference. With Professor Lucas Bretschger from ETH Zurich, Professor Paul Ferraro from Johns Hopkins University, Professor Arthur van Benthem from the University of Pennsylvania and Professor Erica Myers from the University of Calgary, ZEW was once again able to welcome renowned international environmental economists as keynote speakers. Their lectures dealt, among other things, with questions of economic development against the background of rising CO2 prices and possible behavioural economic approaches for designing climate policy measures. In addition, the speakers presented both new research findings and still unresolved issues in the transport and buildings sectors. In particular, the focus was on emission standards, the promotion of e-mobility as well as the cost-efficient renovation of buildings.

Face-to-Face Reunion in Mannheim

Picture of Erica Myers during her lecture at ZEW
Second conference day with Professor Erica Myers from the University of Calgary and her keynote on the role of buildings on our path to net zero.

After last year’s conference was held online due to COVID-related restrictions, this year the conference returned to a face-to-face format, with most participants attending the event on-site at ZEW. In addition to the four keynote lectures, the scientific programme of the conference consisted of 55 contributions selected from over 140 conference submissions. The presentations were organised in six blocks with three parallel sessions each. The conference also attracted many international guests: 40 per cent of the speakers came from other European countries, about half from Germany and about 10 per cent came from universities in the USA and Canada. In its tenth year, the Mannheim Conference on Energy and the Environment, as one of the most important and renowned international conferences for energy and environmental economists, was able to maintain the high quality of contributions from previous years. Next year, the ZEW will again invite researchers to discuss the key aspects of energy and environmental economics.

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24.05.2022

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