Climate Politics

Climate change is one of the major global challenges of the twenty-first century. It is essential to take mitigation actions to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases while also adopting measures to adapt to the changes being brought about by climate change. FFU researchers investigate the policy and politics of climate change, looking at the roles of actors, policy processes and policy content and outcome at the national, European, and international levels . Climate change is a horizontal, cross-sectoral policy issue that touches on a wide-variety of policy sectors, including energy supply, transportation, infrastructure, industry, agriculture and services, as well as land-use, households, consumption, nutrition, resources and waste management.
The energy sector has a key role in limiting the effects of global warming. The production and use of energy as well as the trading of energy commodities are of central importance not only for our climate, but also for the economic development, the environment and human health. FFU research addresses transitions to sustainable energy systems that minimize the negative impact on the environment and foster economic growth and technological innovation and create new jobs. This research considers international, national, regional and municipal (local) strategies, policy measures and strategic concepts. Renewable energies, energy efficiency and energy saving are analyzed from political, administrative and socio-economic angles. The FFU performs studies of energy markets, energy infrastructure and security of supply as well as the environmental and climate effects of various electricity, heat and fuel technologies. Particular emphasis is placed on the design of the “Energiewende”.
Other important issues being researched at the FFU are the different national energy structures, policies, and processes related to nuclear energy, shale gas extraction, and other often controversial energy forms. One such area is nuclear energy. The FFU conducts international comparisons of nuclear energy policy and governance systems as well as the policy and politics of nuclear waste. Comparisons are made across European countries as well as with Japan and the United States. Considerable research at the FFU has looked into the Fukushima nuclear disaster and its impacts on energy policies of countries around the world, including Japan. In Germany nuclear energy is a central topic due to the decision to phase-out its use and the concomitant decision requiring a decision on a final disposal method and site for highly radioactive waste. New analytical approaches are demanded especially with respect to the risks and safety of radioactive waste but also in terms of participatory processes in the search of a final repository.

Multi Level Governance-Perspective on management of nuclear waste disposal. A Comparative Analysis: Actors, Instruments and Institutions

Environmental Policy Research Centre

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Dr. Achim Brunnengräber

Jan 01, 2013 — Dec 31, 2017

Sub-Project of the research platform "Disposal options for radioactive  waste material"    

Climate Politics — finished

Bioenergy Promotion

Dr. Lutz Mez,

Jan 01, 2009 — Dec 31, 2011

Project partners: Swedish Energy Agency (STEM)Fachagentur für nachwachsende Rohstoffe (FNR)Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safetyand 36 partner organizations representing all Baltic Sea Region (BSR) countries

Chernobyl +20

Dr. Lutz Mez

May 01, 2005 — Sep 30, 2006

Project partners: Europäische Ost-West-Akademie für Kultur und Medien e.V. (EOWA)

REALISE FORUM (Renewable Energy and Liberalisation in Selected Electricity Markets-Forum)

Dr. Lutz Mez, Dr. Maria Rosaria Di Nucci

Jan 01, 2005 — Feb 28, 2007

Project partners: Berliner EnergieagenturBI Norwegian School of ManagementCESI RICERCA, MailandCSTM-Centre for Clean Technology and Environmental Policy, University of TwenteSlovenski E-Forum

RegEnergy - Project Component 3

Dr. Lutz Mez,

Apr 01, 2005 — Dec 31, 2007

Bundesministerium der FinanzenStadtwerke Leipzig (SWL)Investitionsbank Schleswig-Holstein (IB SH)Dänische Energieagentur (DEA)Storstrøm CountyUniversität RoskildeBarcelona Energy AgencyTechnological Educational Institute of Crete (TEI)ANEM S.A. GriechenlandZala Development CompanyIRegione AbruzzoLithuanian Energy Institute (LEI)Institute of Physical Energetics Latvia (IPE)District Heating Enterprise of Gdansk (GPEC)Technische Universität Danzig (GUT)Gebietsadministration ...

4BIOMASS – Fostering the Sustainable Usage of Renewable Energy Sources in Central Europe – Putting Biomass into Action

Dr. Lutz Mez,

Dec 01, 2008 — May 31, 2012

Project partners: Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Bioenergy Promotion 2 – from strategies to activities

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Dr. Lutz Mez

Jan 01, 2012 — Jan 31, 2014

Project partners: The consortium consists of 12 former partners of the Main stage project Bioenergy Promotion (2009-2011). In addition, FFU joined the consortium as a new partner, but has already extensive project experience as it has been coordinating the policy related work package of the Main stage project on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. The project consortium also comprises a number of associated and supporting ...

CLIP-IN: Climate Policy Integration in Federal States

Dr. Klaus Jacob

Sep 01, 2011 — Aug 31, 2013

Project partners: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna: Institute of Forest, Environmental and Natural Resource Policy

Climate Technology Initiative. Capacity Building for Central and Eastern European Countries and Former Soviet Union Countries

Dr. Lutz Mez

Jan 01, 1999 — Dec 31, 2005

Project partners: Umweltbundesamt (UBA)ITUT e.V., Leipzig

Energy Trans

Environmental Policy Research Centre

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Dr. Dörte Ohlhorst (deputy), Dr. Kerstin Tews (deputy)

Sep 01, 2011 — Aug 31, 2016

Research foci: environmental governance energy policy

Evaluating the Austrian Sustainable Development Strategy

Prof. Dr. Martin Jänicke, Dr. Klaus Jacob

May 01, 2005 — Nov 30, 2005

Project partners: Adelphi Consult,D-Coach

Evaluation of the National Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (NKI-Evaluation)

Dr. Lutz Mez,

Sep 01, 2009 — Aug 31, 2012

Project partners: Öko Institut e.V., Ecologic, Arepo Consult, Dr. Ziesing, FiFo Köln  

FFU /TERI Bilateral Workshop: Comparative subnational state climate policies

Dr. Kirsten Jörgensen

Oct 13, 2011 — Mar 31, 2012

Research Focus: Subnational climate policies and multi-level climate governance

FFU/TERI Climate Change Dialogue – Graduate Student Exchange Program

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Dr. Kirsten Jörgensen

May 01, 2009 — Dec 31, 2014

Projektpartner: TERI University, Neu Delhi

German-Indian Sustainability and Climate Change Dialogue

Dr. Kirsten Jörgensen

Mar 01, 2007 — Dec 31, 2011

Project partners: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) and TERI University, New Delhi

Green Jobs in Asia – Potentials and Prospects

Dr. Klaus Jacob

Jan 01, 2012 — Mar 31, 2012

Environmental catastrophes and forecasts of climate change implications illustrate the risks that are evoked by resource-intensive and environmentally harmful economic models. This is why a transition towards “green growth” is increasingly called for. Environmental technologies are being seen as the motor for an environmentally friendly and sustainable economy. With the due willingness to invest, positive growth and employment effects can be generated so that climate and environment ...

Indian-European Multilevel Climate Governance Research Network (IECGN)

Forschungszentrum für Umweltpolitik

Dr. Kirsten Jörgensen, Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs

May 21, 2012 — Dec 31, 2015

Research Area: Climate Change Policy and Politics

Lead Market-Strategies

Dr. Klaus Jacob

Oct 01, 2010 — Sep 30, 2013

Projektpartner:Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW), Fraunhofer-Institut für System- und Innovationsforschung (ISI)

Peer Review of the Evaluation of the International Climate Initiative of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

Dr. Lutz Mez,

May 01, 2011 — Apr 30, 2013

In the framework of the Integrated Energy and Climate Programme (IEKP) adopted in August 2007 the Federal Government decided upon several novel measures to reach its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2020 compared with 1990. The Climate Initiative is part of this programme and is supported through additional funding from the auction of emission allowances. The International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and ...

Schüleruni Nachhaltigkeit und Klimaschutz

Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universität Berlin

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Karola Braun-Wanke

Sep 01, 2011 — Oct 01, 2015

Research Focus: Environmental education

The Foundation of an International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)

Dr. Lutz Mez

Feb 01, 2008 — Feb 28, 2009

Project partners: Adelphi ConsultDr. Hans-Joachim ZiesingRuggero Schleicher-Tappeser

Transfer von Politikinstrumenten zur Stromeinsparung (TRANSPOSE)

Prof. Dr. Miranda Schreurs, Dr. Kerstin Tews, Verbundkoordination des Gesamtprojektes:  Prof. ...

Apr 01, 2008 — Aug 31, 2011

Projektpartner: Öko-Institut e.V. /Universität Kassel, Institut für Psychologie, Sozial- und Innovationspsychologie, Universität Konstanz, Lehrstuhl für Materielle Staatstheorie, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster Praxispartner: Verbraucherzentrale NRW, Wittenberg Zentrum für Globale Ethik e.V. (WZGE), Northern Alliance for Sustainability (ANPED) Fachkonferenz: Stromsparen in privaten Haushalte >> Zu den Präsentationen und Inhalten der ...