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Ever since the success of the so-called Wirtschaftswunder (economic miracle) in post-war Germany, economic growth has remained the largely undisputed goal of economists and economic policy. The number of dissenting voices, however, employing terms such as post-growth, steady-state economies, or even degrowth, is increasing. In his newly published dissertation, IÖW-researcher and economist Steffen Lange has undertaken a comprehensive look at how a growth-free economy might function from a macroeconomic perspective. > more information


How can cities and municipalities contribute to climate mitigation? What are the municipal institutions, actors and processes that matter? Which areas of activity and which approaches show promising results? These are the questions addressed in this anthology of the Cological Reaerch Network (ecornet), co-edited by Johannes Rupp, scientist at IÖW. In the book, researchers describe and analyse in 14 articles how the implementation of the Paris Agreement can be advanced by activities at the local level. > more information


The International Association for the Study of the Commons and the Research Group Right Seeds invite researchers to participate in the international workshop “Conceptualizing the New Commons: The Examples of Knowledge Commons & Seed and Variety Commons” in Oldenburg, Germany from 6th to 8th June 2018. Abstract submission is now open. Interested researchers are invited to advance conceptual-theoretical and organizational perspectives on the new commons. Deadline for submission of abstracts is February 25th, 2018. IÖW is project partner in the project Right Seeds. > more information


The new IÖW-Annual Report has arrived. In our Annual Report we report on our projects, topics and publications from 2016/2017. Learn more about our topics Digital Transformation, Products and Consumption or Climate and Energy. > more information


How vulnerable are we to the consequences of climate change? To find systematic answers to this question, scientists developed new research methods: climate impact and vulnerability assessments. It was less than two years ago, when the first nation-wide and cross-sectoral study “Germany’s Vulnerability to Climate Change” was published. For this study an encompassing methodological approach with participation of scientists and authorities was developed. > more information


Sufficiency means more with less, the goal is to reduce resource consumption in order to reach a Good Life. Yet, this aim is far from being fulfilled and sustainable and sufficient lifestyles face many obstacles. The Sufficiency Politics Map is an online tool supporting actors of change, ranging from civil society, politics to businesses, who wish to promote sufficiency. It intends to support them to find their way through the complexities of sufficiency policy, to communicate successfully and, above all, engage them to act politically. The map was developed by Angelika Zahrnt and Dominik Zahrt in cooperation with the IÖW and was published on the Blog Postwachstum as a contribution to the 5th International Degrowth Conference in Budapest. > more information


To become climate-neutral until 2050 – This is the main objective of the Berlin Energy and Climate Protection Program (BEK), passed in June 2016 by the Berlin Senate. Ambitious, but achievable, according to the brochure "Climate-Neutral Berlin 2050", which was now published in German and English. It was developed by the IÖW on behalf of the Berlin Senate Department for Urban Development and provides an overview of the final BEK report. The measures, generated with great participation of public actors, reveal how Berlin can save more energy, reduce CO2 and reach climate-neutrality until 2050. Less energy consumption and more energy from renewable energy sources are key factors. > more information

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