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    How well do electric cars perform environmentally? How will their range, economic efficiency and charging infrastructure develop in the long term? Will electric mobility mean job losses? These and many other questions to do with the battery value chain are addressed by the Fraunhofer ISI in a Policy Brief, which was presented at the Battery Forum Germany in Berlin. Main message: there is nothing to stop the widespread market diffusion of electric cars between 2020 and 2030+, although numerous challenges still have to be addressed.

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  • Road freight traffic is responsible for more than one third of the national greenhouse gas emissions in the transport sector - and is likely to increase in the future. Climate-neutral freight transport must play a key role for Germany to achieve its climate goals. A new joint Policy Brief by Fraunhofer ISI, the Oeko Institut and ifeu shows that the overhead line technology has great potential for CO2 savings and can be economically viable.

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  • Since 2018, under the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), companies and other organizations have been obliged to conduct data protection impact assessment (DPIA) in certain cases. Prior to any data processing operations, the risks and dangers should be systematically analyzed, evaluated and protective measures taken. Fraunhofer ISI has published a practitioner’s manual, which helps companies and organizations to carry out data protection impact assessments using an approach originally conceptualized by the German »Privacy Forum« research consortium and then further developed for practical application in the research project »DPIA for companies and public authorities« led by Fraunhofer ISI.

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  • As part of the eWayBW project, for which Fraunhofer ISI coordinates the accompanying scientific research, a field trial is taking place with electric powertrains for heavy-duty commercial trucks on federal trunk roads in Baden-Wuerttemberg. A recently conducted project workshop with representatives from various Alpine and other European countries showed that, although the overhead line technology only plays a minor role in these countries so far, it offers numerous opportunities such as lower pollutant emissions, improved climate footprint and economic efficiency.

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  • Protecting the climate and the environment, ensuring food security and more sustainability in the economy and society: many of the challenges we are currently facing could benefit greatly from a future bio-based economy. However, it remains unclear what such a bioeconomy could look like and how to shape the transition towards it. Fraunhofer ISI's recently completed project “Transformation Bio”, which was funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, addresses these issues and researches what government should do to support the transformation to a bioeconomy.

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  • What turnover potential and productivity effects do digital business models offer industrial enterprises? And how widespread are they? A new study by Fraunhofer ISI deals with these questions as part of the representative company survey “German Manufacturing Survey”. Its conclusion: Digital business models can be a decisive competitive factor for the manufacturing sector in the future – if there is clear customer orientation and a targeted use of digital technologies.

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