The role of research and innovation measures on mitigating climate change

Start of Project: 01.08.2022 — End of Project: 31.08.2025

R&I plays a decisive role on the path to climate neutrality. The International Energy Agency (IEA) emphasises that in the short term, the application of already developed technologies is crucial for global emission reduction. In the long term, however, much of the emission reduction will be driven by technologies that are not yet ready for the market (IEA, 2020). R&I measures play a key role in accelerating the market take-off of these technologies. The German Climate Protection Programme 2030 contains a total of 24 measures in the R&I field of action, with the aim of researching and developing climate-friendly technologies and products (BMU, 2019). At the European level, the Green New Deal also emphasises the importance of R&I for the transformation to a climate-neutral continent by 2050 (European Commission 2019). A similar focus on R&I promotion can be observed in other regions of the world, such as the USA and China.

Against this background, the accompanying research planned in this project has the overarching goal of exploring the significance of R&I measures for achieving climate policy goals. Specifically, both selected fields of innovation and measures in the German Climate Protection Programme 2030 and the overall portfolio of measures are to be analysed and evaluated on the basis of a developed analytical framework. The selected fields of innovation include:

  • Green hydrogen
  • Negative emission technologies
  • Battery cell technology.

In addition, the analysis of the development of renewable energies in the last decades will reveal valuable experiences.

The tools for analysing the fields of innovation as well as the results of the project will contribute to both research and applied policy advice. Furthermore, the networking of different actors is a key role in the project. This includes the exchange with experts in discussions and workshops as well as an international scientific workshop in May 2022.


IEA, 2020. Clean Energy Innovation, IEA, Paris

BMU, 2019. Klimaschutzprogramm 2030 der Bundesregierung zur Umsetzung des Klimaschutzplans 2050 (

Europäische Kommission, 2019. Forschung und Innovation für den europäischen Grünen Deal (




The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research. ID no. 01LA2101A

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  • Prof. Dr. Thomas Heimer
  • Dr. Jan Stede
  • Jérôme Treperman
  • Marc Blauert