Indirect Rebound Effects. Lifestyle‐segmentation and Interventions with Efficiency‐Feedback and Sufficiency

The socio-ecological transformation to a resource-saving “Green Economy” is hampered as increases in resource and energy efficiency via technological innovations are often associated with rebound effects. Changes in consumer behaviour reduce or even overcompensate the savings of resources and energy. The project iReliefs analyses efficiency- and sufficiency-related rebound effects at the level of private households in Germany.

Duration:     07/2018-06/2021
Funding:     German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
Partners:     Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich; University of Potsdam
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Anke Jacksohn


Cleaning Litter by Developing and Applying Innovative Methods in European Seas (CLAIM)

Recognized as a major environmental problem, the presence and accumulation of plastic debris in the marine environment has seen a substantial increase with global production of plastics increasing twenty-fold in the last fifty years. CLAIM focuses on the development of innovative cleaning technologies and approaches, targeting the prevention and in situ management of visible and invisible marine litter in the Mediterranean and Baltic Sea. CAU will contribute to following project’s objectives: (1) the identification of  ecosystem services under threat from visible and invisible plastic pollution in the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas, (2) estimating the cost-effectiveness of alternative marine litter reduction technologies and (3) public preferences for alternative marine litter reduction technologies.

Duration:     11/2017-10/2021
Funding:     EU - Horizon 2020 (BG-2016-2017)
Partners:     Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece), Danmarks Meteorologiske Institut (Denmark), Kunglia Tekniska
    Hoegskolan (Sweden), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italy), Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (Denmark), Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (Netherlands), Pensoft Publishers Ltd (Bulgaria), IRIS SRL (Italy), IkerConsulting (Spain), Tallinna Tehnikaulikool (Estonia), Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mar (Tunisia), Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal), PP-Polymer AB (Sweden), Lebanese University  (Lebanon), Waste & Water SARL (France), Institute for European Environmental Policy (UK), New Naval Limited Liability Company (Greece), Universite D’Aix Marseille (France)
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Ikechukwu Okoli


Dealing with change in SIDS: societal action and political reaction in sea level change adaptation in Small Island Developing States

Small Island Development States (SIDS) are particularly threatened by the impacts of climate change and associated triggered coastal processes. The overall objective of the project is to consider the challenges for formal and informal institutions and island societies of dealing with changes due to sea level rise, as well as potentials and pitfalls of adaptive capacities.

Duration:     2017-2020
Funding:     German Research Foundation—Priority Program 1889 Regional Sea Level Change and Society (SeaLevel)
Partners:     Hamburg University; Leibniz Universität Hannover
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Susann Adloff


Kiel Centre for Globalization: Global supply chains, environmental regulation and green innovation

The project analyses how participation in global supply chains hampers or facilitates the investment in state-of-the-art production equipment or production processes that are more environmentally efficient. Related to this, the project also investigates the effectiveness of incentives such as financial grants, energy taxes, or carbon trading schemes for changing carbon emissions. These issues are investigated using firm level data for Germany and China.

Duration:     2016-2020
Funding:     Leibniz Gemeinschaft, Kiel University, Kiel Institute for the World Economy (IfW)
Partner:     Kiel Institute for the World Economy
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Aoife Hanley and Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz


Trade-offs between mitigation and climate engineering: an interdisciplinary approach

TOMACE contributes to the hitherto expert-dominated climate-engineering debate by conducting detailed analyses of lay persons’ acceptance of solar radiation management and Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS). It focusses on the effects of these technologies on people’s willingness to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

Duration:     2016-2019
Funding:     German Research Foundation—Priority Program 1689 Climate Engineering
Partners:     Center for Environmental Systems Research (CESR); Kassel University
Contact:     Prof. Dr. Katrin Rehdanz and Dr. Christine Merk (IfW)