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Angela Köppl (Project co-ordinator)
Systemische Perspektiven zur Energieeffizienz. Unterstützende Analysen für die Novellierung des österreichischen Energieeffizienzgesetzes (Systemic Perspectives on Energy Efficiency. Supporting Analyses for the Amendment of the Austrian Energy Efficiency Act)
Current research studies (work in progress)
Study by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research
Commissioned by: Österreichs E-Wirtschaft
Diese Studie widmet sich einerseits der Frage, inwieweit ein systemisches Verständnis von Energieeffizienz die empirische Fundierung des Energieeffizienzgesetzes (EEffG) verbessern kann. Andererseits wird diskutiert, inwiefern daraus Anpassungen der Instrumente zur Zielerreichung abgeleitet werden können, etwa die Verpflichtung von Endenergieeinsparungen durch Lieferanten von Energie. Vorgesehen sind zwei analytische Schwerpunkte: Erstens ein ausführlicher empirischer Teil, der die Fakten aufbereitet, die für die Beurteilung der Energieeffizienz relevant sind; zweitens eine Diskussion zur Ausweitung der für die Erreichung der Reduktionsziele vorgesehenen Mechanismen, vor allem der Reduktionsverpflichtung für Energielieferanten.
Current research studies (work in progress)
Study by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research – ECORYS Holding BV
Commissioned by: European Commission
The role of environmental taxation, and especially of carbon taxes, as key market-based instrument is widely acknowledged in the literature. In the EU context, carbon taxes are of special relevance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions of the sectors not covered by the European Emission Trading System (ETS). The most important of these sectors is transport, where greenhouse gas emissions have been rising continuously in the past and are now making up for more than 20 percent of overall EU greenhouse gas emissions. The adoption of carbon taxes varies among EU countries and there is considerable heterogeneity in terms of scope and implementation of these policies. Most commonly, these taxes target the transport sector; only some member countries have broadened the scope of fuel carbon taxes to other sectors than transport. Various strategic documents issued at the EU level stress the role of environmental taxes and particularly of fuel taxes as important tools to support the transition to sustainable transport and as one element of tax shifts making European tax systems more growth- and environmentally-friendly. Explicit or implicit carbon taxes are also relevant for other non-ETS sectors, in particular the housing sector. The objective of the study is to define a set of concrete policy recommendations to enhance efforts to reduce the emissions of greenhouse gases effectively. Based on a solid benchmarking, the study will identify tax measures incentivising individuals and/or companies to change towards more sustainable behaviours. The identification of policies will be based on a set of criteria to support EU member countries to develop national strategies that are fair, efficient as well as economically and politically viable to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. While explicit and implicit taxes are among the key measures explored, related tax measures will also be covered. These include tax incentives aiming at reducing greenhouse gas emissions (e.g., tax breaks for the purchase of electric vehicles) as well as the removal of harmful tax disincentives (e.g., tax privileges for company cars or diesel fuel).
Current research studies (work in progress), https://greenfin.at/
Study by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research – Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration – International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis
Commissioned by: Klima- und Energiefonds
GreenFin aims to identify the conditions, in terms of market instruments, policies and governance solutions that would allow to scale up green finance in Austria while avoiding trade-offs on economic competitiveness and public finances, financial stability and inequality. By fostering methodological innovation and by promoting cross-fertilisation across the knowledge domains in which GreenFin's research partners and stakeholders excel, GreenFin will yield evidence-based information for decision makers on green finance opportunities and challenges for Austria.
Angela Köppl (Project co-ordinator)
Perspektiven für die österreichische Baustoffindustrie (Perspectives for the Austrian Building Materials Industry)
Current research studies (work in progress)
Study by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research – University of Graz, Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change – Centre for European Policy Studies – Sustainserv GmbH
Commissioned by: Austrian Economic Chamber, Association for Building, Materials and Ceramic Industries
Die Baustoffindustrie ist Teil als energieintensiver Wirtschaftsbereich mit den EU-Vorgaben der Klima- und Energiepolitik konfrontiert, die innovative Technologien und Geschäftsmodelle erforderlich machen. Die Branche spielt in der Entwicklung der künftigen Infrastruktur fü Gebäude, Mobilität oder Energiebereitstellung eine entscheidende Rolle. In diesem Umfeld hat das Projekt die Entwicklung innovativer Perspektiven für die österreichische Baustoffindustrie zum Ziel und untersucht die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette, die Fragen wie die statische Funktionalität eines Gebäudes, die Eigenschaften von Beton, Zement und Klinker oder die Verwendung energetischer und nichtenergetischer Rohstoffe gehören mit den entsprechenden Möglichkeiten für Innovationen hinsichtlich der Rohstoffe, Prozesse, Produkte und Geschäftsmodelle.
Current research studies (work in progress)
Commissioned by: Klima- und Energiefonds
Study by: Austrian Institute of Economic Research – International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis – University of Graz, Wegener Center for Climate and Global Change
EconTrans offers an integrated perspective to address interlinked challenges: rapid greenhouse gas emission reduction, achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and coping with fundamental transformations triggered by breakthrough technologies, from plus-energy buildings to self-driving electric cars. Enlarging the scope of conventional analysis by rethinking the indicators of well-being, extending the scope of resources and deepening the understanding of how well-being relates to planetary boundaries allow to derive recommendations for targeted policies.