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Scientists demand stricter combined policy measures to mitigate CO2 from road transport

Despite new technologies and national and international target-setting, the global emissions of CO2 from road transport continue to increase. In a study for the journal “Nature Climate Change”, three authors from Germany and Canada show that the current and recently announced policy measures are not sufficient to meet the targets in the Paris Agreement. Their conclusion is that much stricter and more integrated measures and higher carbon prices are needed to reduce emissions.
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Sector coupling: New design of EEG levy and electricity tax could make electricity-based technologies more attractive

Electricity-based technologies should replace fossil fuels in heat production and transport in the near future. However, these technologies are at an economic disadvantage compared to conventional technologies, among other reasons, due to the EEG levy and the effect this has of increasing the electricity price. This is hindering the decarbonization of these sectors. In a research project, Fraunhofer ISI analyzed how redesigning the EEG levy and electricity tax affects the competitiveness of electricity-based technologies, and what financial impacts this could have on transport, industry, households and the service sector. The final report shows that some technologies require less financial support, others more. It therefore seems to make sense to apply individual, financial support depending on the sector and technology.
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Industrial excess heat for district heating: Database shows great potential for supplying households

Excess heat from energy-intensive industries is often suitable for use in district heating systems but is usually unutilized. A detailed overview of the potentials available in the EU is now provided by a database of the sEEnergies project. In Germany, 29 petajoules of excess heat from industrial sites could be used, which corresponds to the demand of more than half a million households. Among other things, this could replace the coal- and gas-fired power plants typically utilized for district heating. The information is available as maps and downloadable datasets.
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Technology sovereignty for Germany and Europe. From demand to concept

It is not only since the corona crisis that it has become clear how important technological competitiveness and independence are for Europe. Growing geopolitical uncertainties and the threat of global trade conflicts are increasingly questioning trade relationships that have evolved over decades. The debate surrounding the introduction of the 5G standard is another example that shows a discussion is needed about how independent Germany and Europe can and must be with regard to essential technologies. In a position paper, Fraunhofer ISI presents a differentiated analytical approach to determining the criticality of technologies and the degree of technology sovereignty at national and international level. Applying this concept can be the basis for modified, situation-specific strategies to ensure future-proof technology sovereignty.
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