Mineral raw materials are becoming a bottleneck factor in the energy transition

The International Energy Agency (IEA) published an in-depth report on 5.5.2021 on the supply situation of mineral commodities for the extraction of copper, lithium, nickel, cobalt and rare earths for the transformation process of the energy transition. The underlying trade markets are characterized by high growth, increasing price volatility, geopolitical interests, and supply disruptions with highly geographically concentrated and unsustainable production, he said. This could slow down the processes of climate change and make them significantly more expensive. This would create additional risks for the expansion of renewable energies and electromobility.

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Strengthening IT skills central to achieving digital sovereignty

  • Germany can be digital! campaign focuses on digital education
  • Alliance of digital and business associations demands more speed from politicians in the super election year in the area of digital education
  • KI Bundesverband and Gesellschaft für Informatik join the Deutschland kann digital! initiative

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biodiversity and business

Biodiversity and business – Biodiversity and the associated ecosystem services are the basis of societal well-being and prosperity and thus also the economic basis of almost all businesses.
Various risks to business are to be expected:

  • Physical operational risks
  • Market risks
  • Reputational risks
  • Financing risks

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Sustainability strategy overhauled: Sustainability Council welcomes new focus on the major transformation topics

Berlin, March 10, 2021 – In a first statement, the German Council for Sustainable Development welcomes the fundamental general overhaul of the German sustainability strategy. “It is particularly important that the German government has for the first time identified so-called transformation areas,” said Dr. Werner Schnappauf, Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE).

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Compass for a sustainable future

A future in which nature and the climate are protected, fewer people suffer hardship and society holds together – that’s what Germany wants to contribute to with its sustainability strategy. It has now been relaunched and is setting the pace for the energy transition and climate protection.

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Supply chain law: EU Parliament pushes for “fair” IT

Electronics manufacturers must no longer be allowed to harm people and the environment with impunity, the EU Parliament demands. This should apply to the entire value chain.

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Sustainability strategy overhauled: Sustainability Council welcomes new focus on the major transformation topics

In a first statement, the German Council for Sustainable Development welcomes the fundamental general overhaul of the German sustainability strategy. “It is particularly important that the Federal Government has for the first time identified so-called transformation areas,” says Dr Werner Schnappauf, Chairman of the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE). “Climate neutrality thus moves to the centre of sustainability policy, but land consumption and broadband expansion, for example, are also given high priority.”

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Are you really investing in a smaller carbon footprint?

Do corporate carbon emissions data enable investors to mitigate climate change‘. Vitali Kalesnik is a partner and senior member of Research …

“Digital Now” – New funding for the digitization of SMEs

To make it easier for SMEs to implement digitization, the new “Digital Now – Investment Support for SMEs” funding program offers financial grants to stimulate corresponding investments in small and medium-sized enterprises – including craft enterprises and the liberal professions.

 

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Germany exceeds climate target

The Corona crisis has put a big dent in Germany’s greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, a target that had long been written off is now likely to be exceeded. But experts warn: A pandemic cannot replace climate policy.

 

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